Whitney Miller Toasts Fall with a Tangerine Tea Party
You can always find gallons of sweet tea served at my family’s Sunday lunches. Like many folks who grew up in the South, we love our sweet tea.
So it should be no surprise that the theme for my fall party came to me while sipping a tumbler of tea.
To get my tea-themed get-together started, my mom and I created tea-stained labels for the pitchers.
Simply peel sticker letters and place on a blank label to create a word. Brew a batch of strong tea and dip a piece paper towel in it. Wipe the tea over the label and stickers. Allow the label to dry completely and then peel off the stickers. Your tea stained label is complete.
Now, what to put in the pitcher? Usually iced tea is served with a slice of lemon, but tangerines are in season and I think their flavor is even better. When prepared with a tangerine-infused simple syrup and served with a tangerine slice perched on the rim, your guests will be in love with the fragrance of this tea before even taking a sip.
- 1 or 2 black tea bags of choice
- ¾ cup sugar
- 4 tangerine slices, plus additional for garnish
- Bring 2 cups water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the tea bag(s) and boil for 2 minutes. Remove pot from the heat.
- Combine ¾ cup water and the sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Place the tangerine slices in sugar syrup. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 4 minutes to infuse the syrup with tangerine flavor.
- Squeeze the tea bag and discard. Discard the tangerine slices. Pour the tangerine syrup into the pan of tea and stir.
- Combine the tangerine tea and 2 cups water in a glass pitcher. Stir together until combined.
- Pour over ice in a Tall tumbler from the Entertaining Collection by Tervis
- Garnish with a tangerine slice hooked on the rim of the glass.
Then, carry the tea theme throughout your party.
Serve your guests tea inspired treats like sweet tea caramel for dipping apples. Simply substitute vanilla for flavoring homemade caramel and add strong brewed tea.
Offer your guests a takeaway gift of tea leaves; it’s as easy as adding a spoonful of tea leaves to tea bags.
Until I visited a tea market in China, I was only familiar with tea brewed with ground tea. Now that I am more familiar with tea leaves, I love sharing tea with my friends and family. Try a tea-tasting party, and I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s a fun way to be creative with your fall entertaining!
When she was just 22, Whitney Miller won the first U.S. season of the Fox show MasterChef. She is the author of Modern Hospitality: Simple Recipes with Southern Charm. While working on her second cookbook, she frequently travels around the U.S. and as far away as China to conduct cooking demonstrations and culinary classes. For more, visit whitneymiller.net, connect with Whitney MillerH on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @whitneymillerH.