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During cold winter evenings, my granny would gather a knitted blanket onto to her lap and sip her favorite tea. The odor of orange punctutated by the dark musk of cloves would fill our small living room as she siped, slowly turning the pages of her latest travel book. My version of her favorite tea has cinnamon for added spice and flavor.

from Atlas Obscura

When Sipping Tea Was A Socially Ruinous Act

A family picnic with cups of tea in Queensland, c. 1900. (Photo: State Library of Queensland/Public Domain)


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