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- 3/4 cup Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth
- 2 tablespoons sencha green tea leaves (loose or tea emptied from 6 tea bags)
- 1 1/2 cups white rum (such as Banks 5 Island Rum)
- 5 tablespoons St-Germain (elderflower liqueur)
- 1 teaspoon Boston Bittahs or other bitters
Mix vermouth and tea in a small pitcher. Let steep for 10 minutes. Pour through a fine-mesh strainer into a medium pitcher. Add 3/4 cup water, rum, St-Germain, and bitters. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.
Fill glass 'teacups' (punch glasses) with large ice cubes. Divide cocktail among glasses. Garnish each with a lime twist.
Boston Tea Party
I timed my first blog entry to post on December 16, 2020 in honor of the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.
Let’s just say I like to get PoliTEAcal sometimes!
In 1773, an organized and infuriated group of Bostonians, joined by some impromptu enthusiasts, hacked open and threw the contents of hundreds of chests of tea into Boston Harbor.
If you are curious about why tea became the target, why the people involved weren’t able to avert the crisis, when the name changed to what we use now, and more, check out these slides about the Boston Tea Party. Huzzah!
What we did:
I put together this great Free Printable Pack. We started by having all of the children draw a picture of what they thought the Boston Tea Party was.
Next we read The Boston Tea Party (Graphic History) and sang the song with Trouble Brewing: A Fun Song about the Boston Tea Party (Fun Songs).
Then I gave the children the comic strip sheet and asked them to write me a comic about The Boston Tea party. This was great for evaluating what they understood from the lesson.
We then watched Liberty’s Kids episode one while the older kids played Listening Bingo to pick out the true facts.
We ended with a second picture of what The Boston Tea Party was about to be sure they understood.
This was fairly easy to do and they learned the information well.
Coloring Page from USA Printables
Liberty’s Kids Episode One Viewing Guide from Summer Ramsey
Science Experiment from Smart Chick
Tea Party Invitation from Sound and Sea
Understanding the Tea Party from Elise Loves to Teach
My Side of the Story from Teaching in Room 6
Secret Messages from Miss Bell and Her Rockstars
Tea Dyed Paper from Surviving a Teacher’s Salary
Tea Time from All Things Beautiful
The Teacher is King from Mr. Haggard’s Class
Tea Party Recipes: First Course (Tea Party Sandwiches and Savories)
The first course of a traditional high tea menu is made up of tea party sandwiches and savory tea party food.
If you&rsquore lucky enough to have a vintage three-tiered tea tray, these go on the bottom level.
Here are 5 favorites to spark your creativity for the first course of your afternoon tea party.
Mini BLTs from Oh, How Civilized
These tiny versions of my favorite bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich created by Jee at Oh, How Civilized are the perfect delicious bite-sized stacks of the traditional BLT sandwich.
These are extra special because they&rsquore made with Japanese Mayonnaise and speared with little wood cocktail forks.
Cucumber Roll-Ups from Super Healthy Kids
These fresh cucumber roll-ups from Natalie at Super Healthy Kids are a fresh take on the traditional cucumber sandwich.
Fresh peppers, carrots, and dill are wrapped up in a slice of cucumber with cream cheese.
Delicious whether or not you&rsquore at a tea party!
Ham and Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches from Bake Love Give
These sweet little tea sandwiches created from Bake Love Give are just the savory treat for your vintage tea party.
Pumpernickel, ham, cucumber and seasoned cream cheese make for a sandwich that goes together quickly and tastes great.
Mini Salmon Croquette Canapes from Victoria Magazine
If you&rsquore looking for a more substantial savory addition to your tea party menu, these mini salmon croquettes from Victoria Magazine are just the ticket.
Elegant and filling, these taste best when hot, so you&rsquoll need to whip up a batch right before your guests arrive.
Since the first course of a traditional tea party starts with savory bites, these will be hot when your tea party guests arrive.
Asparagus, Ham and Goat Cheese Sandwiches from Tea Time Magazine
These savory sandwiches from Tea Time Magazine are perfect for a springtime afternoon tea.
Asparagus, ham, bell pepper and goat cheese combine for a delicious savory tea party food your guests will eat up.
English or Afternoon Tea Party Tested Recipes & Videos
"Tea is much more than a mere drink in Britain. It is a solace, a mystique, an art, a way of life, almost a religion. It is more deeply traditional than the roast beef of old England. This khaki-colored concoction, brewed through an accident of history from an exotic plant grown thousands of miles from fog, cricket and left-handed driving, has become the life-blood of the nation."
- Cecil Porter of Gemini News Service
In the past whether you took "afternoon tea" or "high tea" was a peek into your social standing. Afternoon Tea was a light elegant meal served between a light lunch and late dinner, usually between 3 o'clock and 5 o'clock, and was mainly confined to the aristocracy with their leisurely lifestyle. High Tea was a more substantial meal, including meat and/or fish, and was really a early dinner which well suited the middle and lower classes after a long day at work.
Although we tend to associate dainty cucumber sandwiches and scones with afternoon tea, there is no set menu and it really depends on the time of year, the setting, and personal tastes. Sandwiches and scones are standard fare but other choices can include muffins, crumpets, bread and butter, cakes, cookies (biscuits), gingerbread, pastries, fruit, and a selection of jam and jellies, preserves, lemon curd, and clotted cream.
Taking center stage, of course, is the tea. Served from a teapot, the brewing of the tea is very important. First, rinse your teapot with warm water. Next, bring a kettle of water to boil and pour it over the tea leaves, letting it steep for three to five minutes. If using loose tea the rule is one heaping teaspoon of tea for each cup of water, plus one teaspoon "for the pot".
At one time it was customary to first pour a little milk into the teacup. It was thought that the fine porcelain cup may crack if the hot tea was poured directly into the empty cup. Sugar was then offered in cube form, with tongs, or else granulated. Normally the host or hostess pours the tea and serves the food. Guests can either be seated around a table or else in armchairs with an end table nearby for them to place their cup and saucer, teaspoon, plate, napkin, knife and fork.
There is a wonderful assortment of fine teas available today. The three main types are: Black, Oolong or Red, and Green Tea. Assam, Ceylon, China Caravan, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, Keemun, Kenya, Lapsang Souchong, Nilgiri, Orange Pekoe, Rose Pouchong, Russian, and Yunnan are Black Teas. Formosa/China Oolong and Formosa/China Pouchong are Oolong or Red Teas, and Gunpowder and Jasmine are Green Teas. Tea is sold either in tea bags or loose tea leaves. At one time loose tea with its large leaves had a superior flavor as tea bags were made with broken tea leaves and siftings that produced a stronger darker tea. The introduction of fine quality tea bags has changed that and now the choice between loose tea leaves or tea bags is based more on personal preference.
Tea caddies can be used to store both tea leaves and bags. A small container, once lockable to prevent servants from stealing the expensive tea leaves, it keeps tea leaves fresh for up to 2 years and tea bags for approximately 6 months.
To make proper tea sandwiches, the bread must be very thin. If you are slicing the bread yourself, partially freeze the bread first to make slicing easier. You can flatten the bread further by using a rolling pin. Favorites include thinly peeled and sliced cucumber on lightly buttered white bread, egg sandwiches, and thinly sliced baked ham with watercress and cream cheese. After making the sandwiches, cut the crusts off and cut into triangles, squares, or else rounds (use a round cookie cutter). To serve, place the sandwiches on a iceberg lettuce-lined platter (lettuce has a high water content which will keep the sandwiches moist), or use a hollowed-out loaf of bread, also lined with the lettuce.
The scones should be cut into rounds and served with Devonshire Cream (rich cream) and jams (raspberry, strawberry, apricot, etc.) in a doily-lined platter or basket. You can buy the Devonshire Cream at some specialty grocery stores or softly whipped heavy cream makes a good substitute. Alternatively, you could serve lemon curd (can be bought at specialty stores or made yourself).
Finally, for something a little different, you might try reading tea leaves. You can either hire a professional reader of tea leaves or simply try your hand at reading the leaves.
A Victorian Afternoon Tea Guide
In country houses of Victorian England, the preparation of sandwiches, cakes, biscuits and other recipes for tea was carried out not in the kitchens but in the stillroom, where the maid worked under the direct supervision of the housekeeper. The stillroom in previous centuries had been the province of the mistress of the house, and it was here that she prepared sweetmeats, confectionery and cordials for the banqueting or dessert course of the main meal.The Still Room at Tatton Park set up with baking biscuits, cucumber sandwiches and cucumber slicer. The room was used during the Victorian period for the preparation of light meals.
Afternoon tea, as Marie Bayard wrote in 1884 in Hints on Etiquette, was “not supposed to be a substantial meal, merely a light refreshment.” The food and drink were then less important than the event itself.
“Cakes,” she said, “thin bread and butter, and hot buttered scones, muffins, or toast are all the accompaniments strictly necessary.” The Lady at Home and Abroad, published in 1898, endorsed this view, adding, “such things as champagne cups, foie gras sandwiches, macedoines (salads) of fruit, etc., would be considered outré and out of place.”
Neat, crustless sandwiches were a particularly useful teatime food, allowing hostesses the possibility of introducing more exciting flavors. More important, perhaps, the sandwiches had to be able to be eaten without risk of soiling gloves and other articles of clothing.
Mrs. Beeton, the ultimate authority on recipes and menus of the Victorian age, told readers in 1892 that sandwiches “intended for ‘afternoon tea’ are dainty trifles, pleasing to the eye and palette, but too flimsy to allay hunger where it exists.” Whereas for some events Victorians loved to decorate the outside of sandwiches “with various colored chaud-frois sauces,” those intended for tea were plain to protect the gloves.
Or, as my teacher Dorothea Johnson, founder of the Protocol School of Washington and my co-author of Tea & Etiquette, always reminded me, “You never want to look hungry at afternoon tea.”
Autumn Tea Party Ideas
First things first for a tea party – the tea! Last year a friend introduced us to Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Rooibos tea. It is perfect for this time of year! Rooibos is an herbal tea, which makes it suitable for all ages.
Tea Party Decorations
While both Abbie and I enjoy a fancy table setting, we reserve those for rare special occasions. We generally keep it simple, because let’s be honest – too much fuss and we won’t want to do it again! If we are in the mood to dress things up a bit, candles, leaves or flowers in autumn colors add a nice touch.
A cute yet practical way to decorate is to make apple napkins to put on the plates. If you don’t have red napkins, use orange to make pumpkin napkins!
A prettily displayed snack also makes an attractive table decoration. We try to take an extra moment to be mindful of presentation when we have our little tea parties. I keep white cupcake papers and paper doilies on hand – it is surprising how they transform a plain dish into something special.
I love what Abbie did with the apple slices here, which she served with pumpkin dip.
Pumpkin Dip with Apples
Fall Tea Party Recipes
Here are some more recipes that work well for an autumn tea. If you have dietary restrictions, most can be easily modified. When I am cooking gluten-free I use a gluten free flour mix. If I am cooking dairy free I’ll substitute coconut oil for butter and rice milk for cow’s milk. And I am a fan of maple syrup in place of sugar (for low carb I use erythritol with a touch of stevia)
Apple Date Spread (just mix chopped dates, apples and pecans with some thinned cream cheese)
on Gluten Free Pecan Crackers
Gluten Free Apple Cake
I am happy to share my recipe for Gluten Free Apple Cake with you all! I have made this so many times in so many ways. It is a very handy recipe because it can be modified to eliminate most major allergens. Everyone needs a go to recipe for a light and yummy cake with no gluten, dairy, eggs or nuts!
Celebrating 155 years: The Langham 24-hour Afternoon Tea Party
2020 has been quite the year so far to say the least. While we can’t all be together again just yet, we have noticed all of your posts on social media about how much you all miss one of our favorite traditions—Afternoon Tea at The Langham Hotels & Resorts all over the world. And this is why we at The Langham, Boston, alongside our global Langham colleagues, are coming together for a very special honorary event on June 10 th .
June 10th is The Langham Hotels & Resorts 155 th anniversary and we couldn't think of a more fitting way to celebrate than with a “24-Hour Virtual Afternoon Tea Party.”
The Langham, London is known as the birthplace of what we all think of as the 5-star hotel “Afternoon Tea.” The Langham hotels around the world offer decadent afternoon teas for both guests and locals, giving people a chance to pause and savour the day. While we haven’t been able to enjoy a glamourous afternoon tea in recent weeks at our hotels worldwide, we know you all miss this activity as much as we do. That strong sentiment is where the idea to honor our anniversary with a virtual 24-hour afternoon tea party came from.
We will be following the sun throughout the day and therefore the festivities will begin in Sydney, Australia and will end in Pasadena, California. Our hotels across the globe will be sharing fun afternoon tea viewing entertainment throughout the day and here at The Langham, Boston we have been hard at work planning some really great videos, interviews and demonstrations for you all to enjoy.
The party will be broadcasted via Facebook Live for our guests. We are encouraging everyone to get in the spirit with our recommended dress code of a ‘hint of pink’ while enjoying your own cup of tea at home. The whole day will be interactive, you will be able to ask us questions and leave comments on all the fun things we will be streaming.
Our segments touch on everything from creating a beautiful pink floral arrangement to making the perfect cup to tea to the history of our hotel and city. You will hear from hotel management, our brand partner ambassadors and local experts on all these fun topics.
Don’t forget to add this event to your calendar for June 10 th . Our segments start at 9:30am ET and are spread throughout the day until around 9pm ET.
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Boston Tea Party
The only thing going overboard at this tea party will be the menu. Join us at the Beard House when Boston's most talented pastry revolutionaries come together for what is sure to be a historic afternoon event.
Event photos taken by Philip Gross.
- Pastries and Confections
- Opéra Cakes
- Almond Paris-Brests
- Huckleberry Tartlets
- Madeleines > Plain and Orange Blossom
- Chocolate Crémeux with Grapefruit and Mint
- Pear Gâteaux with Smoked Walnuts and Poached Pears
- Scones > Plain, Apple&ndashCinnamon, and Concord Grape
- Cranberry Clafoutis with Miso Cream and White Chocolate
- Miniature Chocolate Éclairs with Jasmine, Orange, and Black Sesame
- Yogurt Mousse with Spiced Pears and Candied Sunflower Seeds
- Candy Cap Mushroom Cream with Chicory Shortbread
- Long Island Cheese Squash Marshmallows
- Apple, Pecan, and Frangipane Tartlets
- Chocolate&ndashGinger Oreos
- Chamomile&ndashFig Financiers
- Petits Fours Glacés
- Anchovies and Sopressata with Tomato Conserva, Roasted Peppers, Fried Capers, and Basil on Focaccia
- Smoked Poussin with Pickled Watermelon, Basil, Chervil, and Dill on Country Rye Bread
- Brussels Sprout Salad with Horseradish Crème Fraîche and Hazelnuts on Whole Wheat Crostini
- Roasted Cauliflower with Butternut Squash, Mushroom Caponata, Pine Nuts, and Chardonnay Vinegar on Tuscan Bread
- Rialto Bacon, Local Apple, Walnut, Gorgonzola, and Chive Crespelle
- Crab Salad with Celery Root Rémoulade on Lemongrass&ndashCaraway English Muffins
- Cured Salmon with Juniper Mustard and Lemon Peel Confit on Pumpernickel
- Heirloom Tomatoes with Lake's Edge Goat Cheese and Basil Leather on Focaccia
- Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Foie Gras on Rustic White Bread
- Smoked Berkshire Pork Loin with Jalapeño Jam, Butternut Squash Relish, and Celery on Pretzel Buns
- Assorted teas from Tea Forté
- Emilio Lustau San Emilio Solera Reserva Pedro Ximénez Sherry NV
- Sherry generously provided by M.S. Walker, Inc.
Tickets to events held at the James Beard House cover the cost of food and a unique dining experience. Dinners are prepared by culinary masters from all regions of the United States and around the world. All alcoholic beverages are provided on a complimentary basis and are not included in the ticket price.
The 1773 Boston Tea Party
In history class, we learned a great deal about the history of America. The Boston Tea Party was one major turning point that defined America as we know it today. We are strong, defiant, capable, and know what is fair and just. The British were looking for some way to recover some of the money they had lost during the war between the French and Indians some ten years earlier. In the years just prior to the Boston Tea Party, the crown had created numerous attempts to gain back control of the governments.
It started with the 1765 Stamp Act, the 1767 Townsend Acts, the 1770 Boston Massacre, and culminated with the 1773 Tea Tax. Because colonists took a stand and refused to pay any taxes, the Parliament was forced to retract all taxes and so they did, except one. You guessed it they left the Tea Tax. This was nothing more than a mere demonstration of the rights and ability Parliament felt they had to impose taxes.
It was in May of the year 1773, Parliament decided to implement a tricky little plan. An Indian Company that was struggling was given the full task of American tea importation. They then placed a reduction on the tea tax. This mean that all Americans, who absolutely loved their tea, would pay a much cheaper price for the tea. The problem for colonists however, was the fact that while it may be cheaper, they would still be giving into Parliament and recognizing their taxes.
Parliament, who had assumed that the Americans would pay the taxes instead of giving up their tea, was in for a big surprise. A Boston Tea Party surprise. The Colonists were ready to fight, or more appropriately boycott the tea. In both New York and Philadelphia, the ships carrying the tea were not allowed to dock. However, in Charleston, they allowed the ships to dock and remove the tea however, the tea was placed in storage for three years. The patriots sold this tea, three years later, in efforts of financing the American Revolution.
On a winter day in December of 1773, three ships arrived in Bostons ports. They attempted peaceful denial of the cargo on the dock ships, simply refusing to pay the taxes. However, when a refusal to leave met their refusal to pay, anger flared. Later in that same evening, two hundred Indian disguised men, marched to the ships. The Boston Tea Party ensued and subsequently dumped three hundred and forty two tea crates into the Boston Harbor.
The Boston Tea Party and subsequent events were ultimately responsible for the eventual American Revolution.