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Orange Pekoe Tea Recipe

As one of the best grades in black tea, the orange pekoe is meant to be sipped leisurely and savored for its delicate flavor and aroma. 
Cook Time3 mins
Steeping time5 mins
Total Time3 mins
Course: Tea
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Orange Pekoe
Appliance: Teapot, Kettle
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Paromita Datta


  • 1 tsp orange pekoe tea leaves
  • 1 cup water boiled
  • 1 tsp sugar optional
  • 1 tsp milk optional
  • 1 tsp lemon juice optional


  • Before you make the tea, rinse your teapot with warm water. Add the tea leaves to the pot and pour over the hot water.
  • Let the tea steep for 5 minutes. Keep in mind that the tea can get bitter if you soak it for too long.
  • Strain the tea into a teacup. You can take it without milk. But if you do want milk, add no more than a scant teaspoon. Add sugar as per taste. 
  • Your cup of hot tea is ready. 
    Top view of a tray containing a teapot and a cup of tea


The orange pekoe goes excellently with cake or cookies. The steeping time is important here and is usually as per one's preference. Some like it lightly brewed, while some like a strong, slightly bitter tea.