The unusually warm January weather we enjoyed recently has been blown away by a frigid gale of a wind so it’s time for some Cambric Tea (also referred to as “silver tea”, a term I love).

I enjoy sharing this tea with young children as did Ma Ingalls in The Long Winter (by Laura Ingalls Wilder), “The cold crept in from the corners of the shanty, closer and closer to the stove. Icy-cold breezes sucked and fluttered the curtains around the beds. The little shanty quivered in the storm. But the steamy smell of boiling beans was good and seemed to make the air warmer.

At noon Ma sliced bread and filled bowls with the hot bean broth and they all ate where they were, close to the stove. They all drank cups of strong, hot tea. Ma even gave Grace a cup of cambric tea. Cambric tea was hot water and milk, with only a taste of tea in it, but little girls felt grown-up when their mothers let them drink cambric tea.”

How to make Cambric or Silver Tea:

Brew a pot of tea as you normally like to drink it. Fill a teacup half full with milk, add hot water until almost full and pour in a little tea for color. Sweeten with a little sugar or honey and make sure to tell the little girl in your life that this is very special tea made just for her!