Enjoy life. Drink tea. Celebrate often.
Tracy Stern is passionate about tea. She has created wildly popular lines of teas and tea-based beauty products and has hosted hundreds of stylish tea parties to celebrate all sorts of occasions. She has introduced a new generation to the pleasures of tea without any of its traditional stuffiness. In Tea Party, she encourages everyone to make their next gathering that much more special by incorporating tea into the menu.
Starting with tips on choosing and brewing teas–from white and green teas to herbal rooibos and different black teas–Tea Party then shares more than seventy-five recipes, both savory and sweet, as part of twenty themed tea parties. Stern features classic tea accompaniments such as Scones with Clotted Cream and Cucumber-Mint Tea Sandwiches as well as novel recipes that use flavorful and healthful tea as an ingredient, including Homemade Potato Fries with Ceylon Tea Salt and Tea-Scented Chocolate Truffles. Above all, the focus is on fun, not fuss.
The party suggestions are perfect for afternoons with friends, bridal and baby showers, cocktail and dinner parties, picnics, and brunches. A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party–for a birthday or an unbirthday–will delight kids and adults alike with tea sandwiches made with edible flowers followed by Eat Me! Cupcakes. Chai Breakfast Tea reveals a fantastic recipe for the sweetly spiced irresistible drink along with recipes for chai-scented pancakes and candied almonds. Ideas and inspirations abound for fabulous, easy, and affordable invitations, decorations, table settings, and charming party favors that tie into each party’s theme.
Featuring beautiful color photography throughout, Tea Party is a hip, up-to-date slant on a beloved tradition, inspiring everyone to drink a little more tea, celebrate a little more often, and enjoy life a whole lot more.
black tea martini
Makes 1 cocktail
Make these one at a time, to order, for your guests. Brew and chill the tea in advance.
• 1⁄4 cup (2 ounces) vodka
• 1⁄4 cup (2 ounces) brewed black tea, chilled
• Chopped black tea leaves
Shake the vodka and tea together in a cocktail shaker with ice. On a shallow plate, mix together enough tea leaves and sugar for the rim of a martini glass. Moisten the rim of a chilled martini glass with water and then dip it into the tea leaves and sugar. Strain the martini mixture into the prepared glass.
Excerpted from Tea Party by Tracy Stern with Christie Matheson. Copyright © 2007 by Tracy Stern with Christie Math. Excerpted by permission of Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
About Tracy Stern
TRACY STERN is the face of tea. Through her successful global company SALONTEA, Stern sells gourmet, hand-rolled teas and beauty products made with tea in boutiques and specialty stores around the world as well as on her website, www.tracystern.com. Stern and her tea products have been featured in many media outlets, including NBC, ABC, TLC, Food Network, Elle Decor, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, and O, the Oprah Magazine. In addition, she is known for hosting tea parties with celebrity guests for such events as magazine-sponsored parties, prominent social club meetings, and Martha Stewart Living radio. She lives in New York City.
“Tracy Stern’s inimitable style and grace are apparent in every page of this book. She has given a modern and distinctive twist to the art of the tea party.”
–François Payard, chef-owner, Payard Pâtisserie and Bistro
“I had the privilege to be invited by Tracy for afternoon tea and was fascinated by her knowledge of and passion for the subject. I love this book because it lets you bring all of that knowledge and passion into your own home with wonderful teatime menus of sweet and savory delights.”
–Daniel Boulud, chef-restaurateur
“High tea has been high fashion since the delicate damsels of the dixhuitième-century dressed up to drink the delicious brew. Leave it to the very stylish Tracy Stern to revive and re-dress that most civilized pastime.”
–Iris Barrel Apfel, style iconoclast
“Tea Party offers fun, delicious ideas for every possible occasion. With great tips and tricks, Tracy knows how to turn a simple tea party into a fabulous event. Readers will love her advice, her tone, and the results!”
–Jane Buckingham, author of The Modern Girl’s Guide to Life and The Modern Girl’s Guide to Motherhood
“Tea Party is an incomparable celebration of surprising delights. From patio to dining room, my friend Tracy divinely weaves a tapestry of grace and fun. The ancients called tea one of the seven necessities to begin the day. This book is the eighth.”
–Stuart Avery Gold, former COO of The Republic of Tea and author of Ping: A Frog in Search of a New Pond
“The luxury of afternoon tea is one of life’s great pleasures. Who better than Tracy Stern to reinvent an afternoon ritual and take an eighteenth-century tradition to new heights; from classic to Moroccan, this book covers it all!”
–Colin Cowie, author of Colin Cowie’s Extraordinary Weddings