3teaspoonsfull-bodied loose black tea or 3-4 black tea bags
1handful dried sage leaves
6teaspoonssugaradjust to taste
In a clean teapot, boil the water and sugar for 3 continuous minutes. Remove the teapot from heat. As you do so, immediately throw in the sage leaves so they get one brief boil through (do not be tempted to boil them longer or a very bitter flavor will result). Add the tea bags, then cover and let them steep for about 5 minutes.
The tea should be an amber red color, not dark red or it will be too bitter. Strain it and serve, preferably in clear glasses so the color of the tea is visible, with assorted pastries or to finish a heavy meal.