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Tea & Food Pairing (cocktails too!)

A cup of tea often leads to a nibble or a treat — be it a buttery shortbread cookie with a cup of black Keemun or a fine unripened goat cheese on a water cracker with a japanese sen-cha. But don’t serve tea as an afterthought ! Plan it right into your menu, regardless of what you’re serving.

When planning your menu decide what’s the main attraction…the tea? or the food? Of course, it’s really your guests …but TeaQueen suggests if the key ingredient is your tea, then downplay the food. Just like fine wines, too much of a good thing is overkill.

Here are some popular tea in cocktail recipes developed by MartiniClub with teas selected and sourced by TeaQueen.  Feel free to use recipes yet please acknowledge TeaQueen and MartiniClub as the source. Read further for food ideas too.


Sen cha tea chilled and stirred with Belvedere Vodka,

honey syrup and lemon, garnished with a mint sprig

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 1 ½ oz. Belvedere Vodka,

½ oz. honey syrup, ½ oz. lemon juice and 2 oz. Sencha tea. Stir

and strain into a martini glass and garnish with a mint sprig.

TeaQueen suggests Davids Tea Organic Sen Cha for the above.


Assam Black Tea shaken with Amarula

liqueur, garnished with an orange zest

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 2 oz. Amarula liqueur,

2 oz. Assam Black tea. Shake sharply and strain into a rocks

glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange zest.

TeaQueen suggests Sloane Tea Company Queen of the Hill for the above


Chai tea, chilled and stirred with amber rum, vanilla liqueur

and a splash of sweet cream, garnished with a cinnamon stick

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add 1 oz. Appleton V/X rum, ½ oz.

vanilla liqueur, 2 oz. chilled chai tea and 2 oz. sweetened

cream. Stir to mix and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

TeaQueen suggests Presidents Choice Chai tea bags (yep!) for the above

Below we list some of the pairings we’ve used at presentations with thanks to caterer Laura Penchuk of Invitation to Tea.

Suggested Food Tea
Unripened Artisanal Quebec Goat Cheese on imported water biscuit Sen-cha
Fresh baked Scone with Clotted Devon Cream and Apricot Jam Formosa Oolong
Gouda Cheese Straws

Maple Pepper Pecans



Rustic Apple Gallette with Amaretto Frangipani Ti Quan Yin
Sherried Chicken Liver Pate on Rusks

Cream cheese stuffed Apricots rolled in Almonds

Lapsang Souchong

Golden Assam