This is one of my favourite drinks: Earl grey red black ginger. It’s made
with bergamot (Earl grey) and rooibos (red) teabags, and rather than adding
milk (black) I drop in half a dozen thin slices of fresh ginger, and brew
for about five minutes. I have glass mugs (as you can see) and like to lay
the teabag on top of the water so I can watch the ruby swirls of the tea as
they spread through the hot water. It makes a very good iced tea if you add
some sliced lime and a little rum.
My tastes in coffee are varied. When I go to music festivals I always take
a bottle of Baileys with me as it keeps well in the heat (unlike milk) and
is delicious in my morning coffee. I also like to take my coffee Irish
(with whiskey) Scottish (whisky) gaelic (drambuie) or calypso (tia maria or
rum) as a floater (double cream floated on top, so it looks like Guinness).
In the absence of alcohol (yes, such a thing is possible) my coffee is
usually mild/medium roast, black, with one or two sugars depending on how
tired/harassed I’m feeling. If I’m out somewhere it’s usually espresso or
cappuccino though – I’ve yet to find a coffee house that makes an
acceptable Americano. I also like New Zealand coffee (which I’ve only
recently been introduced to) and Portuguese coffee, which is like espresso
on amphetamines, but I’ve not yet found anywhere that sells it in Britain.