So, we have sorted out all the attributes and activities that precede and accompany the Russian tea ceremony it’s time to sum up. Before saying (for the umpteenth time on this site) a few words about one big twist inherent in the Russian tea ceremony.
Russian Russian Russian tea tradition is almost nonexistent-descriptions of tea parties are found in fiction, among researchers of Russian everyday life and connoisseurs of Russian cuisine but no one has studied only tea drinking. There is, of course, an excellent article by O. B. Strugova, which gives an idea of how, with what and at what time tea was drunk in Russia. There are recommendations for serving the tea table and they are quite universal, adjusted for specific Russian utensils. And there are some romantic Russian-tea variations in the lubochny style. It is impossible to form a set of any acceptable rules of the Russian tea ceremony on this material. To reproduce the life of the mid-late XIX century is now quite difficult, the splint version is not viable at all, and the rules of serving are too universal.
Russian Russian tea ceremony rules will also not be able to be described. This strictness will be completely illegal and contrary to the very spirit of the Russian tea party. Therefore, below we offer you a set of basic rules of the Russian tea ceremony a kind of skeleton, the meat on which you can grow at your own discretion. With this summary, we summarize everything that we wrote earlier so some of the theses will briefly duplicate the comments and reflections presented earlier.
- Russian tea drinking is held in the living room, on the veranda, in the wing or in the open air. It is undesirable to hold the ceremony in the dining room or in the kitchen.
- The Russian tea room implies that black tea will be brewed, preferably Indian Assam or some Ceylon tea, but fragrant.
- Tea for the ceremony is served strongly brewed, in a teapot. Directly in the cups, the tea is diluted with boiling water.
- Sugar and lemon must be served with tea, everyone adds them to the tea to taste. Ideally, two types of sugar are served: lump sugar and sand.
- Tea is drunk from cups and saucers. Drinking tea from saucers is allowed, but not recommended.
- If children are invited to tea, then ideally a separate table should be served for them, with much less strict rules of behavior in relation to the same drinking of tea from saucers, for example.
- Russian tea party is accompanied by plentiful snacks. In principle, from the tea table, each participant of the tea party should get up full. This, by the way, is another distinctive feature of the Russian tea ceremony. Ideally, there should be four types of snacks on the table. First, the appetizers are hearty (pies with meat and fish, with cottage cheese, with egg, with cabbage, bagels, pancakes with hearty fillings). Secondly, snacks are light (red fish with weak salt, cheese, meat cuts, cucumber slices, butter, sliced bread and bread). Third, snacks are sweet (any sweet pastries, chocolate, jam, honey, nuts, pancakes with sweet fillings). And, finally, fourth, snacks are fresh (fruits and berries, fresh or canned).
- The table can be served with tea additives that can change its aroma and taste at the discretion of each guest. Such additives can be herbs, fresh or dried berries and fruits, alcoholic beverages.
- The main thing in the Russian tea party is a conversation. Therefore, just do not invite such guests to tea who will not fit into this conversation.
Well, that’s probably all. Nine simple and rather formal rules are a good basis for both a pleasant tea and making a contribution to the formation of the modern Russian tea tradition.