Gill Nontha, from The East India Company, kindly invited me to a great event at their shop in Conduit St, London – Tea Cocktails!
We were very well welcomed with good energy, a lot of smiles and the 1st cocktail of the evening – George Staunton. This was a wonderful combination of The East India Company Staunton Earl Grey, Orange blossom cordial, Cointreau, a squeeze of lime, over ice. What a good way to be welcomed!
After everyone arrived, there was a presentation about the East India Company and an explanation of all cocktails that were going to be served through out the evening.
The next one was Posh Punch – an amazing mixture of The East India Company Poppy Cordial with Sparkling water, summer fruits, lemon and lime with Ice.
The third cocktail was very interesting – it had a similar taste to Baileys. It is called Spice Trade Ice Tea and is a mixture of The East India Company Bombay Chai, dark rum, condensed milk, iced and garnished with grated nutmeg.
Indian Summers was my favourite! A combination of The East India Company Kama Sutra loose leaf Tea with The East India Company Lavender cordial on ice. The after taste was Fantastic!
The 5th Cocktail of the evening was called Trade Roots. A delicious mixture of The East India Company ginger green loose leaf Tea with The East India Company Demerara Island cane sugar and dark rum.
The last, but not the least – the Polo Punch – an amazing combination of The East India Company blend 68 – white Tea with tropical fruit flavours, champagne and The East India Company Hibiscus Cordial.
You would think we were lucky enough and that the event would end here, but there was more! After 6 delicious and quite different drinks, we were served top quality chocolates and biscuits of The East India Company. We were also served an amazing Tea from Tea´n´Teas .
This was an extraordinary evening. It reminded me why I like Tea so much.
First of all, the history of the Company and the history of all ingredients we´ve tried reminded me that we do take everything for granted. Do you realise that if it wasn´t for adventurous and very brave men in the XVI and XVII centuries, we would not know what sugar, tea, salt, nutmegs were??
Secondly, the experience of tasting new combinations and flavours while meeting new people.
Thirdly, Tea always makes me feel totally relaxed and focused.
I would like to thank The East India Company for the invitation and highly recommend you to register with The East India Company website, so that you are aware of these events!
London Store – The East India Company, 7-8 Conduit Street, London W1S 2X
Have a great week, Mariana!