Cocktails with Chinese teas celebrate Afternoon Tea Week


Opium Oblique cocktails

London cocktail bar Opium has teamed up with events and membership group Oblique to offer cocktails infused with Chinese teas for Afternoon Tea Week.

Sponsored by Absolut Vodka, the menu has been created by Opium’s bartenders using teas provided by London Tea Club such as Lapsang Souchong and Goji Berry & Chrysanthemum.

The cocktails, priced at £8, are available at Opium in Chinatown throughout Afternoon Tea Week which runs from August 10 to 16 alongside servings of the teas without alcohol.

The drinks include one mixing smoky Lapsang Souchong with Buffalo Trace bourbon, apricot liqueur, tea-smoked cherries and burning tea.

Another uses the flowery and delicate White Peony tea which is made with the top bud and two open leaves from each branch of the camellia sinensis plant. It is mixed at double strength with Herradura Plata tequila, Balthazar Rose vermouth, the bar’s own falernum and star anise.

Iron Goddess of Mercy is a Chinese oolong tea from the Fujian province, named after the goddess of mercy Guan Yin, which is light green with flowery hints of orchid and magnolia. It is used for a twist on a classic Daiquiri through a tea-infused syrup.

The mellow Goji Berry & Chrysanthemum tea is use in a classic Sour cocktail, infused with Absolut Vodka with a splash of fresh yuzu juice.

The floral Antique Rose tea from the Fujian province of China is created by layering it with roses overnight to absorb their fresh-cut fragrance. It is infused in Absolut Elyx vodka for a Vodka Martini with Cocchi Americano Rosa vermouth and grapefruit bitters.

Oblique runs parties, barbecues and outdoor events and has created partnerships with restaurants and bars such as Dirty Bones, The Rum Kitchen and Hotbox.

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