Insulated tea tumblers are super convenient for brewing hot loose-leaf tea on the go. No need for a separate tea pot to wash at the end of the day.
Fill a pot or kettle with water and heat it on the stove until it just starts to boil.
While the water is heating, open the top of the tea tumbler and remove the mesh insert. Rinse the tumbler out with hot water to warm up the inside of the cup.
Measure the desired amount of loose tea leaves into the mesh cup. Most tea blends and herbal teas require 1 teaspoon of leaves per cup of tea. If you have an oversized tea tumbler, use 2 teaspoons in the mesh cup.
Once the water is hot, remove it from the heat and let it sit for about 15 seconds. Then pour the hot water into the tea tumbler until it reaches 1 inch below the rim.
Insert the mesh basket and screw or snap the lid onto the tumbler. Let the tea steep for the desired length of time, depending on what kind of tea you're brewing.
After brewing time has passed, turn the tea tumbler upside down once, then back right side up to mix the tea inside the tumbler.
Open the lid over the drinking spout and enjoy your tea.
If you'll be sipping the tea over a long period, open the top and remove the mesh basket so the tea won't continue to steep.
Victoria Bailey owned and managed restaurants for 25 years, from an award-winning gourmet bistro to a pre-hipster artisan coffee house. She's constantly following food and wine trends and has even created her own private coffee bean blend. Bailey's work has been published in a number of industry magazines, and she literally wrote the book (well, one of them) on opening a neighborhood pizza restaurant.