May 9, 2013

proof vodka, A Little Princess...it's always tea-time, Vol. 132



Treat mum to a special high tea this Sunday and enjoy this Mother’s Day cocktail. For more information on proof brands visit www.proofbrands.com


pink lady 4 oz freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice • 1 oz proof vodka • 1/2 oz Campari liqueur or grenadine •  1/2 - 1 cup ice cubes • pink grapefruit • mint

Add pink grapefruit juice, proof vodka and Campari to a food processor; blend. With the motor running, add ice until fully incorporated and slushy. Pour into glasses and garnish with pink grapefruit and mint. (makes 2 drinks)



t-buds tea lounge and Crêperie is a two-story teashop at Yonge and Lawrence that offers a lot to choose from. Beginning with their tea, I have the option of choosing from over a hundred types of loose-leaf tea and 'tossane'. The friendly storeowner immediately explains that while tea generally indicates black, white, or oolang, 'tossane,' refers to Rooibos and herbal. Within seconds of walking in, I'm getting a full history lesson on the origins of tea. 


For more of Toronto's best high tea locations, read blogto’s Best Afternoon Tea in Toronto feature.


There are other special teas happening in and around the city this weekend. Check ‘em out:


In celebration of Mother’s Day the historical Gibson House presents Mother’s Day Tea. The quiet afternoon features tea, finger sandwiches and sweets. Guests are seated in Mrs. Gibson’s parlour, and take a step back in time to the 19th century, as costumed staff host the party. Admission to the museum is included. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Seating is limited. (http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/gibson-house.htm)


Once again, Bata Shoe Museum celebrates that special day for moms with a Mothers Day activity that will fit your mom to a ‘tea’! The hostess of last year’s sold out event, Kerri M Lee of Lee Middleton Gourmet Tea, returns for an afternoon steeped in all things tea! Learn about the fascinating history and worldwide importance of tea, the art of brewing the perfect pot, and taste a variety of teas, both exotic and familiar. The tasting will be followed by a guided tour showcasing some of the highlights of the Bata Shoe Museum, including the newest exhibit “The Roaring 20s: Heels, Hemlines and High Spirits”. A portion of the profits will be donated to breast cancer research. Reservations required. (www.batashoemuseum.ca)


Mother’s Day is coming up, and if your mom is into history, Black Creek Pioneer Village has the perfect event. The Mother’s Day Tea is an all-day event for mothers of all ages, including a meal and a tour of the Village’s historical houses and shops. Reservations are required in advance. (www.blackcreek.ca)


Celebrate Mother’s Day with tea and a tour of the historical Montgomery Inn. The tea party includes cream scones with creme fraiche and gooseberry jam, lemon tarts and more. Admission includes a complimentary guided tour of the museum. Montgomery’s Inn was built in 1830 for Thomas and Margaret Montgomery, and it served as a meeting place for the local community and provided food and shelter to travellers. Pre-registration is NOT required, seating is on a first come, first serve basis. (www.montgomerysinn.com)


Weekend Forecast
Saturday: Variable cloudiness and a high of 15 degrees
Sunday: Variable cloudiness and a high of 9 degrees

Happy Mother’s Day Mom! <3


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