“Twilight” isn’t just a series of novels and a TV show about vampires, werewolves, etc. It’s also not just a type of zone where tiny spaceships land on farmhouse rooftops or little boys can wish anything into existence they want. Twilight is a special time of day. A time for a great tea moment as you watch the first stars start to twinkle in the darkening sky.
Officially, there are two twilight times: morning twilight is between dawn and sunrise, and evening twilight is between sunset and dusk. The sunlight is subdued, with the spectrum being broken into a rainbow of reds, oranges, purples, and blues. Characteristic of this time is an absence of shadows and where things appear in silhouette. Photographers call this “sweet light,” and painters call it “blue hour.” Evening twilight precedes when stars begin to be visible in the sky (they are always there but not seen during the day).
Grab a cup of tea and, weather permitting, go out on your deck/patio/balcony or into the back yard and watch as the sky turns from bright blue to darker and darker hues of blue and the outcropping of the first stars (varies by season). If weather does not permit, well just enjoy the tea.
A nice tea or two for star gazing:
- Earl Grey Cream Tea — That unique Earl Grey flavor from the oil of bergamot but with more creaminess. Smooth it even more with a touch of milk. Sweeten if needed. Then hold that mug of hot tea in your hands to keep them warm (the early evening hours can be chilly this time of year) as you gaze upwards at the darkening sky with its growing pattern of twinkling pinpoints.
- Peony White Needle White Tea —You’ll feel lifted to the stars by this tea’s delicate lingering fragrance and fresh, mellow, sweet taste that has no astringency or grassy flavor. Peony White Needle Tea, a white tea from the Chongqing Province of China, is the top grade available and very rare with its two intact grayish white leaves surrounding a silver bud and adhering to the stem in a uniform manner. They are covered with a silvery white down. Or maybe that’s silvery stardust?
- Chocolate Mint Flavored Black Tea — I’m not a fan of flavored teas nor of mint, so that leaves more of this tasty tea for you. It’s one of the most delectable pairings of flavors, chocolate and mint, which are sure to create an intoxicating taste. This tea delivers a bright and coppery infusion and a chocolaty mint flavor that is especially prominent when milk and sugar are added.
While you’re out sipping your tea, see if you can find the teapot constellation!
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