January is National Hot Tea Month and if you are an ardent consumer of hot tea, then continuing your daily ritual may be all the celebration you need. But if you like hot tea and want to know more about it, or if you have always wanted to try hot tea, but are unsure where to start, here are three ideas.

Steep your tea with loose leaves

Most tea drinkers use tea bags, which is perfectly acceptable and can result in a delicious cup of tea. However, many people don't use loose tea simply because they think it is time consuming or intimidating. Steeping with loose leaves is easy and releases more of the complex flavors of the tea. Watch Cheryl and Danyelle show you how easy it is.

Adopt a life hack using tea

Get the most out of your tea by finding a new use for it. Tea can be used in recipes of all kinds, for household cleaning, and for health and beauty. There are so many uses for tea, we had to create two different videos to highlight some of the best ones, here and here. For a more comprehensive list, check out this article from the Today Show.

Make a new recipe with tea

The number of recipes that include tea number in the thousands. From simple cocktails to complex main courses, there is something for every level of cooking proficiency. Here are links to 3 recipes we like, Chai Latte Cupcakes, Mango Rum Iced Tea with Whiskey, and Lemon Basil Tea Bread, but a simple Google search will produce many more ideas and hours of choices.

However you choose to recognize National Hot Tea Month, remember to do it with great tea with a purpose. Shop My Cup of Tea.