by Stephanie Hanson
With tight budgets, more and more people are turning to nights in instead of out. So, for your next girls’ night in, have an evening tea. This is not your pinkies-out afternoon tea, and tea companies are catching on.
Create a fun lounge time atmosphere by picking fun music and having guests dress as if they were still going out on the town. Serve sliced up fruit, which will pair well with many tea cocktails. If you want to reference afternoon tea, go ahead and serve tea sandwiches. If you are not in a cooking mood after a long week of work, pick up a box of frozen quiches from Costco (surprisingly delicious). Stacked slices of brie and apple drizzled with the slightest bit of honey make an easy light hors d’oeuvres.
Now for the most important part of any cocktail hour aside from the conversation: the drinks. Here of course, the drinks will all have a tea theme.
For cold options, look for a sweet tea vodka, of which there are several on the market. Mix with lemonade for a Naughty Arnold Palmer. Or make tea martinis. Make your own sweet tea and mix two ounces of sweet tea with one ounce vodka, and garnish with a lemon. The choices are endless, limited only with the teas you have in your cabinet.
If it’s a cold night in, go for hot toddies. Start with a cup of hot black tea, and stir in honey, brandy to taste, and garnish with a lemon slice. Mulled wine is also a great choice for cold nights. Simply simmer your favorite spiced tea in wine, never letting it come to a boil, and add sugar to taste.
Whatever “naughtea” cocktails you decide to serve for your girls’ night in, please remember to drink responsibly, have fun, and as always, enjoy your cuppa.
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