Amy Riolo: Did you know that tea is the most popular drink in the world? So many cultures adore tea that it actually becomes a national pastime. Today we are making a black tea from Azerbaijan.
So to make our tea we are going to use a two-step process that is really popular in many places of the world, and it begins by bringing water to boil. So you are just going to bring as much water as you need to make for tea and you bring it to a boil in one pot, and then we are going to transfer it and let it steep in another pot. That's very traditional. So I am going to go ahead and put my tea leaves right into this second pot. So now that my water has come up to a boil, I can just transfer it from this right into here, and I have got my tea leaves ready to go. I am just going to cover it with my lid and we will let this steep for ten minutes, and by that time the tea is going to be very robust and full of flavor. So now our tea has been steeping for ten minutes and we can go ahead and strain it. Notice that nice froth on top, that's really important, that's what you got from boiling in two separate containers. In Azerbaijan they have a saying, they say, when they don't know someone very well, they say, I haven't even had tea with them. So that's how important tea is socially to the culture. Now I am going to garnish this with a lemon slice, and then the sugar, I am just going to serve along side with it, because normally what people do is they take cubes of sugar and they put them by the side of their teeth, and they just suck on them and release the sweetness as they drink the tea. So there we have our classic Azerbaijan style black tea. Remember, the next time you would like to make a new friend, invite them for a cup of tea. Enjoy!