Essential winter warmers on these cold dark oh so long nightsTea, yes lots of tea. Served in vintage china is nice, you can pick up teacups pretty readily if you just keep an eye out in the charity shops. Tea pots can be harder to find, but keep looking and they do turn up. Of course you can always try Ebay and Etsy too. If you want a vintage look but in the form of something new, then there's plenty of choice and if you shop around there are also some bargains to be had.
|House of Fraser £9.40 (was £23.50)|
|House of Fraser £18.75 (was £25)|
|John Lewis £25|
|Marks and Spencer £12|
|Debenhams £4.80 (was £6)|
|John Lewis £4 |
If your happy to go a little cooler but would still like to say you stuck to tea when the cocktail hour arrived, then this is very yummy tea cocktail......
2 measures of gin
1 Earl grey teabag (I've also done this with green tea and it was nice too)
Squeeze of lemon juice
Teaspoon of sugar (you can adjust this to taste and you can use sweetner instead)
Make the earl grey tea in a mug, add the sugar whilst the tea is still hot then allow to cool. Once cool add the gin, stir and either drink from the mug or if you;re feeling more cocktail like, pour it over ice in to a tall glass.
One thing that I really like to do, and I think 2013 will be another year of us all staying in/going round each others houses to socialise more than hitting the pubs etc, is to make up cocktails like this in a tea pot and serve them in tea cups. It's fun, it's pretty and it will make your afternoon tea or your evening get together, most memorable (or may be not, depending on how much gin is involved...)
You can always make this as a gift too, put it in a pretty bottle, or make up a hamper with all the ingredients. I hate to say the word Christmas again and so soon after we've just said goodbye to it, but if like me you intend to watch what you're spending this year , then now really is the time to start looking out for vintage china that you can either use to entertain a houseful or give as gifts. So when it comes to being both creative and thrifty, I say there's no such thing as too soon!