Teatime can be anytime. From a modernized high tea dining on classic finger sandwiches to microbrew teas crafted for cocktails for the at-home mixologist, clever ideas abound for the tea drinker this summer. Have a tea leaf reading with friends or make creative hors d’oeuvres using tea as an ingredient. Homemade sorbet offers a refreshing ending to a summer tea party when made using herbal tea blends.
Make a refreshing drink combining two summer favorites—lemonade and iced tea. Turn this into a cocktail by adding bourbon or spiced dark rum. Another idea is to finish a casual back-porch dinner party with mint tea, served chilled. Fresh spearmint and sugar add just the right punch to the green tea. Pair with a menu inspired by food from Morocco or the West Indies. Also fresh mint leaves and green tea make this iced tea a summer standout. Sweeten with honey or agave if you desire.
Combine freshly brewed or store-bought tea with canned peach nectar, sugar, and lime juice for a sweet summer afternoon drink with just a hint of tart flavor. This beverage keeps well, so make a big batch and store some in the fridge for thirsty drop-in visitors.
Try infusing your tea with fresh, in-season fruits. Watermelon wedges add a light sweetness and make for a gorgeous presentation.