April showers bring May flowers, and what better way to admire the blooms than by throwing a brilliantly bubbly tea party in the garden? The English Tea Shop Spiced Red Fruits tea in May’s Bubble Box makes a fabulous, tea-infused tipple that’s perfect for the occasion! So take notes, fizz fans – here’s how to put on the perfect outdoorsy afternoon tea, in just three simple steps.
Get the Décor Down
When it comes throwing the perfect garden party, the garden itself should have the chance to shine. But that doesn’t mean you can ignore the décor!
If ever there was a time to break out the tiered cake stands, this is it. And don’t forget the crockery – the more mismatched, the better. Have a blast through charity shops to pick up cheap plates, saucers and teacups. Doll them up with some doilies, pick out some suitably floral bunting and you’re just about ready to go!
Finger sandwiches, biscuits and scones with cream and jam are must-haves at any garden party, and they’re even better when served with lots and lots of tea!
While the classics are easy enough to get in – and every biscuit deserves a little dunk in English Breakfast or Earl Grey tea – the best way to impress is to get amazing and exotic teas for your guests to try.
English Tea Shop, which works with the finest organic and Fairtrade farmers to produce top-quality blends from the heart of beautiful Sri Lanka, has dozens of unique flavours. Check out their online store for a bit of inspiration, but beware: you might end up snagging a few delicious flavours for yourself!
Make Sure Your Signature Cocktail Is Sorted
A signature cocktail is the easiest way to take any occasion from ordinary to extraordinary. It shows that you’ve thought about the day, planned ahead and created a wonderful event – even if you’ve just followed three easy steps!
This is particularly true when your signature cocktail is as on-theme as the Red Berry Bubbly below. Simple to make, completely delicious and an amazing way to use the English Tea Shop Spiced Red Fruits tea in May’s Bubble Box, these sparkles will steal the show at your garden party.
Red Berry Bubbly
— English Tea Shop (@etsteas) May 16, 2017
25ml Spiced Red Fruit Syrup*
Chilled sparkling wine, to top up
*For the Spiced Red Fruit Syrup
220ml strongly brewed English Tea Shop Spiced Red Fruit Tea
200g caster sugar
Begin by making your Spiced Red Fruit Syrup. Bring 220ml of water to the boil and infuse with two bags of your English Tea Shop Spiced Red Fruit tea. Allow to brew for five minutes, then remove the bags and tip the water into a small saucepan over a medium low heat. Add 200g of caster sugar and stir together, simmering until you’re left with a thick red syrup. Decant into a glass or bottle and allow to cool completely.
Pour 25ml (or more!) of your delicious syrup into a flute glass. Top up with chilled sparkling wine and give a little stir if necessary. Garnish with a strawberry and enjoy!