It's the Summer of Tea
It's tea time -- as in afternoon tea, tea cocktails, and tea spa treatments
Tea is having a moment.
Although people have enjoyed tea for centuries, tea is becoming more and more popular with millennials. When Harry Styles sings about it in his song, Matilda “You’re just in time, make your tea and your toast”, you know a beverage has reached the height of popularity.
Summer is the perfect time for tea: in cocktails, as a tall glass with ice, or for an afternoon tea service to while away a long summer’s day.
Here are some of the more interesting ways to enjoy tea this summer.
If you’ve always dreamed of having tea with Alice, the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove is hosting its Mad Hatters Brunch through Sunday, June 25. The brunch, held each Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. includes a live DJ, an appearance by the Queen of Hearts, tea party table games, and a Mad Hatters dessert carousel. Whatever you do, you must order the Jabberwocky, a twist on the Negroni Sbagliato served in a tea kettle that serves up to four cups ($20 per serving).
Omni Hotels & Resorts is offering spa treatment with product lines such as the Oolong Tea Collection by ZENTS. Spa treatments include the Organic Oolong Tea Renewal Ritual, the Organic Oolong Tea Luxe Pedicure, and the Organic Oolong Tea Revitalized Massage.
After your spa treatment, enjoy a tea-infused cocktail made with Numi Organic Tea. Each of the more than 50 Omni properties has their own cocktail menu, but expect libations like the Mo-Tea-To, infused with Numi Moroccan mint tea, and the Golden Hour with Numi jasmine green tea.
Afternoon Tea for all at The Russian Tea Room
New York City’s Russian Tea Room is one of the few places so dedicated to afternoon tea service that it also offers a children’s afternoon tea, along with options for vegetarians and a gluten-free tea. The standard afternoon tea costs $95 and includes your choice of tea, an array of sandwiches including curried chicken salad, shrimp salad, smoked sturgeon, and smoked salmon; along with a caviar tasting, Roquefort blue cheese, and desserts. Tea service is available daily.
CommuniTea at Admari Tea
This small Miami tea shop sources tea directly from its origins. The shop revolves around a communal tea table, focusing on education, tastings, and wellness. The shop also has a membership program, where members can stop in for quiet time and tea, and hosts weekly Communitea Tables where people can come together to connect and share experiences over tea. Admari also holds meditations and writers’ salons.
Los Angeles’ Steep has been hosting “Steep After Dark” each Thursday to Saturday evening with tea-infused cocktails designed for sipping (no shots here). Cocktails include the Steep Negroni, made with black tea whiskey, Campari, dry Curacao, and orange peel and the River Delta made with Oolong rum, lime, mango liquor, and cream of coconut. Can’t decide? try a flight of tea-infused spirits or make your own bespoke cocktail.