Nothing is more soothing to me at the end of a long day than a proper cup of hot tea.
 
 
As the grandchild of British grandparents, I learned to love hot tea at a very early age.  I even had my own tiny Royal Doulton teacup, which has been passed on to my daughter for her children.
 
Depending upon the flavor of hot tea that I’m drinking, I may add milk and sugar or simply lemon and sugar.  Sometimes just a spot of honey will do.
 
 
While I usually use these lemon infused sugar cubes in hot tea, they also make a great addition to iced tea or plain water.
 
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Ingredients
1 1/2 cups white, granulated sugar
2 1/2 tsp plain water
3/4 tsp lemon extract
3 drops yellow food coloring
 
Directions
Place sugar in a bowl by itself.
In a separate, small bowl, mix water, lemon extract and food coloring together.
Pour mixture over sugar and stir with a fork until thoroughly and evenly combined.
The texture of the sugar mixture should look and feel like wet sand and be slightly fluffy.  Add sugar and/or water in small quantities, if needed, to achieve the correct texture.
Place the sugar mixture onto a flat surface lined with parchment or waxed paper.
Use your hands to compress, flatten and shape the sugar into a rectangle or square, roughly 1/2″ thick.
Cut sugar into the desired shapes using cookie cutters, a knife, etc. 
Allow to dry and harden completely before handling – start checking after 30 minutes.
 
Tips
Try different extract flavors for various tastes.
Increase or decrease the amount of food coloring based on the intensity of the color desired.  If in doubt, start with less and then increase the number of drops as needed.
Cut the sugar into shapes while it is soft.
Drying time will vary based on the amount of humidity in the air.
When completely dry, you should be able to gently squeeze the shape without it breaking apart.
Store in a regular sugar bowl or an airtight container.
 
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We’ll be enjoying our proper cups of tea at a private, Downton Abbey inspired tea party at Deer Cottage during the Hometalk NC Bloggers Meetup: From Downtown to Downton, taking place this Saturday.

  

I’m so glad you stopped by! 

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