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Looking to change up the way you make tea? No worries! In this recipe, we show you how to brew your own delicious tea in a coffee maker, offering tea lovers a unique way to make this classic drink. Check out the recipe below and see for yourself! It is sure not to disappoint.
Tea With A Twist
1. Remove the filter from the coffeemaker
2. Add equal parts coconut milk and soy-milk for the base of your tea
3. Add an orange peel for taste
4. Add three cloves, a cinnamon stick and two stars of anise
5. Add three tablespoons of brown sugar for sweetness
6. Once you add all of the ingredients add the coffee filter
7. Once you add the coffee filter add your tea to the filter. Our recommendations are Harrods English breakfast tea, Harrods afternoon tea, or Harrods Earl Grey tea
8. Once you have all of your ingredients together, close the coffeemaker and put it on the stove
9. As you wait for your tea to finish brewing, add small pieces of ground up chocolate or chocolate powder to your glass
10. Once the tea is nice and hot add the tea to your glass
11. Stir it all together and enjoy!
London Afternoon Tea
Now that you know how to make your own delicious tea, why not join us in London and discover the history of afternoon tea and how it has changed since the early 1900s. For the British, tea is more than just an infusion. It is a ritual that is very relevant to social life. What is famously known as “afternoon tea” in London was not practiced as such until the 19th century.
It is said that one evening in 1830, Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, asked for a cup of tea and a light snack to be brought to her quarters. At that time in England, the main meal of the day was served at noon, and nothing else was eaten until dinner at 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. The Duchess enjoyed the experience so much that she decided to repeat it every afternoon, inviting her friends to have tea with her.
Since then some of London’s most luxurious hotels have taken on the role of hosting authentic afternoon teas with a twist. Learn where these London hotspots are and how they have put their own spin on a classic tradition.
15 Beeston Place, Belgravia, London
This afternoon tea is an experience in itself, served daily in the hotel’s private garden, experts say that this “teatime” is reminiscent of the soirees hosted by the Duchess of Bedford. The tea at The Goring comes from the Himalayas and is worthy of royal clientele, such as Queen Elizabeth who has had tea here on more than one occasion.
Although there are several options, the most interesting is the Coronation Afternoon Tea, created specifically for the 60th anniversary of the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne of Great Britain. It includes an Earl Grey Tea Macaroon topped by a chocolate circle, inspired by the Imperial State Crown, a Strawberry Tart as a nod to the festivals held in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, and of course the delicious and always popular Coronation Chicken Sandwiches.
THE MANDEVILLE HOTEL
8-12 Mandeville Place, Marylebone, London
Located in the modern district of Marylebone, the Reform Social & Grill of the Hotel Mandeville offers an afternoon tea in grand style close to the classic Marylebone High Street shops. Chef Serge Neil uses the finest ingredients from the British Isles to create a true gastronomic affair.
John Ross smoked salmon from Scotland, goat ricotta cheese from Thornby Moor in Cumbria and the best ham from Marylebone local butchers join other delicious ingredients to create a vintage afternoon tea that celebrates the best of Britain. The menu also includes classic sandwiches with a modern twist such as smoked salmon sandwiches served on beet bread and cheese sandwiches served on basil bread. Pastries, retro cakes and of course, classic scones with cream and jam are also served during this afternoon tea.
Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London
In one of London’s most luxurious hotels, located in the heart of Knightsbridge, you can enjoy a truly artistic event. However, you will need to book this event in advance as “fashionistas” anxiously wait for the opportunity to attend the Afternoon tea, Prêt-à-portea, which is inspired by the latest fashion trends with a menu full of color and elegance.
THE SANDERSON HOTEL
50 Berners Street, W1t 3ng, London
This charming and luxurious 5-star hotel offers a traditional British afternoon tea in the image of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The Mad Hatter tea is an event filled with adventure and whimsical culinary follies, featuring quirky dishes such as “Eat Me Queen of Hearts,” a mousse with strawberries and cream, and “Drink Me,” a tantalizing bottle that contains a wonderful combination of apple pie, lemon cream and English toffee.
Guests will smile like the Cheshire cat when they try the blueberry lollipops and hazelnut praline ice cream, along with other delectable treats such as a sponge cake layered with chocolate and coffee, and the “Rabbit’s Chocolate Clock,” which melts in your mouth.
There is also a colorful assortment of tiny sandwiches, including ham and English mustard on yellow saffron bread, and smoked salmon with cream cheese on a green spinach bread. Lewis Carroll himself would have enjoyed such a culinary delirium! ■