Lemon is a delightful addition to hot tea and of course there is etiquette to be followed at teatime. Tea pairs exceptionally well with Anne of Green Gables and today I'm sipping a Darjeeling tea from Harney Tea. Darjeeling is a black tea--"The Queen of Teas," a blend of First Flush and Autumnal teas from the best tea gardens. I would only add a lemon slice to a black tea. Be sure to pour the tea in first, then add sugar, then the lemon. Lemon is offered thinly sliced (never in wedges!).
A lemon fork (with splayed tines) should be provided. The tea pourer or the tea drinker can then put a slice directly into the poured cup of tea. Should you desire another cup of tea, the pourer will remove the slice of lemon from your cup, place it into the tea slop bowl (shown on the right), and pour your tea. The tea pourer or you may add a fresh lemon slice. You may also be offered a fresh cup, depending on availability. Remember that milk and lemon are never used together in tea. The citric acid of the lemon causes the milk to curdle
Etiquette tip--These are a few lemon faux pas you do not want to commit at teatime:
~Putting the lemon slice into the cup before pouring the tea. Tea is always poured in the cup first.
~Placing a lemon slice on the edge of the saucer in anticipation of adding it to the cup later.
~Transferring the lemon slice from the cup to the saucer. You will end up with your cup resting in a puddle of tea.
~Removing the cloves from the lemon slice before placing in the teacup. The cloves are placed in the lemon slices to add flavor.
~Using the spoon to press the lemon slice after you place it in the cup. The oil from the peel and the juice from the fruit will provide the desired essence.
"Of course I'll stay to tea, said Anne gaily. I was dying to be asked."
Anne of Green Gables