My first ever cuppa Apricot Jam Tea was a revelation of Austenian proportions. Prior to moving to England, I had never heard of apricot jam, never had a warming spot of tea. (Although I had heard of it thanks to Miss’s Potts in Beauty and the Beast…yeah, you heard me alright…that’d be the Disney movie!) I’d certainly never sat in a true English parlor complete with tealed miniature rose wallpaper, antique furnishings and a club-footed sofa. I’m quite certain a pianoforte was playing in the background! First thoughts, my positure is atrocious! Proper posture is required in all cozy English tea settings. That’s chin up, shoulders back, dainty hands crossed neatly in your lap, feet resting gently on the floor, one foot tucked exquisitly behind the opposing ankle, all the while, exuding (yes, I said exuding) an air of grace and elegance.
Apricot jam tea is really quite simple – just add as much apricot jam to a cup of freshly brewed English breakfast tea and give it a stir. On it’s own, apricot jam can be overpoweringly sweet, but the heat from the tea buffers against this quite nicely. The result is a refreshingly dark tea with fruity apricot undertones. Lovely!