While mixing tea with sugar, We take two glasses, we pour tea in one glass & put sugar in other one. we mix them by pouring tea to another glass with One glass is held high above the other when pouring. But be careful, Tea may fall on your hand with this heights.

I seen people doing this stunt very carefully & also looks dangerous act to me.

What is the single word for this style of mixing?

  • I don't know about tea and sugar, but there is a Spanish hard apple cider, sidra or sometimes sidra natural, from the Asturias region of Spain, which is traditionally poured in a manner like you describe. I am not a native Spanish speaker, so I defer to others with more knowledge. But the Spanish word or phrases I have seen to describe the pouring technique are escanciar, escanciada, or escanciar un culín. Jul 14, 2017 at 5:53
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    Are you referring to 'pulled tea'? It's a literal translation from the Malay(?) term teh tarik.
    – Lawrence
    Jul 14, 2017 at 13:02
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  • I have seen this pouring back and forth in Indian restaurants, to bring out the flavors in very hot Masala tea and Madras coffee, and to cool them. Aug 7, 2017 at 18:46
  • FWIW: Apart from being customary (e.g. ritual), I've always thought the practical reason, if any, was to cool the tea. And I've mostly seen it done with an empty glass, not with glass containing (only) sugar. So in my understanding (assumptions) it is not about mixing at all.
    – Drew
    Nov 12, 2017 at 15:41

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"Pouring from a height" seems to be an accepted terminology; I don't think there's a single word for it.

  • agree, no 'single word'
    – lbf
    Mar 17, 2018 at 16:41

In the Navy, it is called "boxing your coffee". This is a pun on boxing your compass, which in this case means to sail back and forth between known points to calibrate the magnetic compass.

Boxing your coffee: Using two paper cups and pouring back and forth to mix creamer and/or sugar.

"Boxing your coffee" Wiktionary, Appendix: Glossary of U.S. Navy Slang

  • nice ... but that is coffee.
    – lbf
    Mar 17, 2018 at 16:40

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