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Book Club Tea Party

Book Club Tea Party ~ Fun times are bound to ensue at your next book club when you turn it into a tea party. Tea enhanced scones, anglaise, meringues, and a cocktail. Book Club Tea Party ~ Fun times are bound to ensue at your next book club when you turn it into a tea party. Tea enhanced scones, anglaise, meringues, and a cocktail ~ The Complete Savorist Eons ago I worked at the now defunct Borders Books and Cafe. It was one of the best jobs I have ever had. When I started working there, it wasn’t because because I needed money (it didn’t pay well at all). I took the job to simply to have the money I wanted to buy books and the employee discount.

I had a lot of cool experiences while working there. I was the Kids’ Specialist for a couple of years, running the weekly story time for kids. I worked in the cafe and learned how to make all sorts of coffee. I also worked all the special events that I could, particularly loving the midnight release parties. And I ran the monthly book club hosted by the store.

When we were given the news that we were being shut down, it devastated us. I’m happy to say that my friendships with my co-workers remain this day. My book club also survives. I started running the store book club in 2009 and here it is, 2016, and we’re still growing strong. Sadly, due to my own professional circumstances, I am less involved in the administrative side of the book club (with 30 rooster members, there are a few administrative tasks) but I still attend the monthly meetings as I can.

Hosting book club is a lot of fun for me. I am in charge of the menu and often try to pair the food to whatever we have just read. This time that didn’t work out for me so well. We were meeting during the day, and I thought it would be fun to have a book club tea party. I enjoy drinking cups of hot tea and glasses of iced tea as much as the next person, but I love to infuse food with the bold flavors using tea. Lipton’s new black and herbal varieties create an exciting, unique, and multi-sensory experience to jazz up any tea party. Book Club Tea Party ~ Fun times are bound to ensue at your next book club when you turn it into a tea party. Tea enhanced scones, anglaise, meringues, and a cocktail ~ The Complete SavoristBook Club Tea Party ~ Fun times are bound to ensue at your next book club when you turn it into a tea party. Tea enhanced scones, anglaise, meringues, and a cocktail ~ The Complete Savorist

Pomegranate Hibiscus Tea Cooler Lemon Ginger Meringues Pomegranate Hibiscus Iced Tea Orange Passionfruit Jasmine Green Tea Infused Creme Anglaise

Servings: 8
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup loosely packed mint leaves
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon (about 4 large lemons)
  • 3 1/2 cups brewed Lipton Berry Hibiscus tea
  • 1 cup brewed Lipton Stirring Ceylon Black tea
  • 1 cup white rum
  • 1 cup lemon-lime soda
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup ice; plus more for each glass
  • Mint Leaves for garnish (optional)
  • 6 egg whites
  • 3/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 bags of Lipton Lemon Ginger Tea
  • 1 cup loosely packed mint leaves
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon (about 4 large lemons)
  • 3 1/2 cups brewed Lipton Berry Hibiscus tea
  • 1 cup brewed Lipton Stirring Ceylon Black tea
  • 1 cup lemon-lime soda
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup ice; plus more for each glass
  • Mint Leaves for garnish (optional)
  • 12 egg yolks
  • 8 bags of Lipton Orange Passionfruit Jasmine Green Tea
  • 3 cups half-and-half
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Green food coloring (optional)
  • Segmented Mandarin oranges for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Brew both the hibiscus and black teas separately and allow to cool completely.
  2. Once cooled and ready to serve, add the mint leaves and simple syrup to a large pitcher.
  3. Add the freshly juiced lemon, mix well.
  4. Pour in the cooled teas, rum, and 1 cup ice, stir gently, but thoroughly.
  5. When ready to serve, add the lemon lime soda, and pour into ice filled glasses.
  6. Garnish with fresh mint, if desired.
  7. Preheat over to 225°.
  8. Steep the tea in the egg whites for at least 20 minutes, push them into the non-beaten egg whites as best as possible.
  9. Gently squeeze the tea bags, releasing any clinging egg.
  10. Beat egg whites in large bowl with an electric hand mixer or in a stand mixer using the wire whisk attachment on medium speed until it begins to froth.
  11. Add cream of tartar; beat until soft peaks form.
  12. Increase speed to medium-high.
  13. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until sugar is dissolved and stiff peaks have formed.
  14. Drop rounded kitchen teaspoonfuls about 1 inch apart onto 2 large foil-lined baking sheets sprayed with no stick cooking spray or using a piping bag, create decorative mounds.
  15. Simultaneously bake both sheets of meringues for 45 minutes.
  16. Turn oven off and let the meringues set in the oven for an hour or until they have completely cooled.
  17. Brew both the hibiscus and black teas separately and allow to cool completely.
  18. Once cooled and ready to serve, add the mint leaves and simple syrup to a large pitcher.
  19. Add the freshly juiced lemon, mix well.
  20. Pour in the cooled teas and 1 cup ice, stir gently, but thoroughly.
  21. When ready to serve, add the lemon lime soda, and pour into ice filled glasses.
  22. Garnish with fresh mint, if desired.
  23. Separate the yolk from the whites, reserve the whites for another usage (like the meringues in this post), set the yolks aside in a large bowl.
  24. In a saucepan, combine the half-and-half, sugar, and tea bags.
  25. Slowly cook over a medium heat until it is about to boil, stirring occasionally.
  26. Remove from heat and allow the tea to steep for at least 5 more minutes.
  27. Gently squeeze the tea bags with your hands to release all the liquid and stir the mixture to incorporate the concentrated liquid.
  28. Whisk the egg yolks until they are smooth.
  29. Slowly add the warmed cream mixture, about a half cup at a time to the eggs and whisk constantly. Continue until the entire hot cream mixture has been incorporated.
  30. If using the food coloring, slowly incorporate it, whisking it in until it reaches the desired hue.
  31. Pour the egg-cream mixture into the saucepan and cook over a medium heat, stirring constantly. The mixture is done when it is thick and it reads 180° on a thermometer or it coats the back of a wooden spoon.
  32. Make a ice-water bath and set a bowl in the water, then push the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve. Cool completely, and stir it often. Cover and let chill for at least 2 hours.
  33. Portion out into individual bowls.
  34. Garnish with oranges if using.

These were so much fun to make..and eat. However, I don’t normally use food coloring in any of my recipes, but was beyond compelled to use it in this dish. Lipton’s green tea colored the cream a pretty shade of  color. I was very excited about this, but once I whisked in the egg yolk, well the color was much less palatable. Green food coloring was needed, and since I was using it, I decided to use enough to make it bright green.
Book Club Tea Party ~ Fun times are bound to ensue at your next book club when you turn it into a tea party. Tea enhanced scones, anglaise, meringues, and a cocktail ~ The Complete SavoristBook Club Tea Party ~ Fun times are bound to ensue at your next book club when you turn it into a tea party. Tea enhanced scones, anglaise, meringues, and a cocktail ~ The Complete SavoristBook Club Tea Party ~ Fun times are bound to ensue at your next book club when you turn it into a tea party. Tea enhanced scones, anglaise, meringues, and a cocktail ~ The Complete Savorist

I’ve been drinking Lipton Tea pretty much my entire life. But this party gave me the opportunity to experience Lipton on a whole new level. My Book Club Tea Party was elevated with using these fantastic Lipton Teas. Get your COUPON for $0.75 off any 1 Lipton Black, Green, or Herbal 20ct tea box.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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31 Comments

  • Reply
    Christie
    March 7, 2016 at 5:42 am

    What a fun book club and even more amazing food. Love all the different options you made with tea.

  • Reply
    Marye
    March 7, 2016 at 6:25 am

    This looks like so much fun, It is great that you’re able to keep in contact with your bookstore friends!

  • Reply
    Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife
    March 7, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Ooh that pomegranate hibiscus tea sounds so good and I love how creative you were with the orange passionfruit jasmine green tea! What a fun book club tea party!

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    Bintu | Recipes from a Pantry
    March 7, 2016 at 11:02 am

    I’m attending my first book club at the end of this month and I think I’m going to be making at least one of these treats. It’s always easier to introduce yourself with food in your hands 😛

  • Reply
    Matthew From Nomageddon
    March 7, 2016 at 11:15 am

    I require those scones!

  • Reply
    Michelle @ Sunshine and Hurricanes.com
    March 7, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    I love the idea of a book club tea party! With living in FL, we’re iced tea drinkers all year long!

  • Reply
    Nicole
    March 7, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    I’ve always wanted to bake lemon meringues. Thanks for sharing this awesome post.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
    March 7, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    I have always wanted to be part of a book club. This tea party is such a fun idea – I could drink tea all day every day, and love all the fun flavors!

  • Reply
    Kelly
    March 7, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    I’m looking at those little glasses and thinking, wow, that tea is such a beautiful color, what yummy flavors.. RUM – Oh heck yah, I’m there!

  • Reply
    Erin
    March 7, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    I love all of these recipes! I used to work in a book store and I loved every minute of it. Every paycheck went to buying books. 🙂 This post is making me want to re-energize my book group!

  • Reply
    Laura
    March 7, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Ohmigosh I SO miss my Borders book group! And the Barnes and Noble one after that (I still am not used to seeing “no defunct” re Borders)…. somehow the bookstore ones I have been a part of have been better run and more fun than the ones at private homes or even libraries. I never got such great snacks though lol!

  • Reply
    Sandi G
    March 7, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    I want to come to your book parties. My daughter is so much like you. I can’t even see her floor she has so many books. She is plotting for a job at the Recycle Bookstore as soon as she is 16 🙂

  • Reply
    Debra
    March 7, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    What a fun way to hold a book club!

  • Reply
    Himani Sawhney
    March 7, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Love, love the pomegranate hibiscus tea. I am surely gonna make this!

  • Reply
    Megan Keno
    March 8, 2016 at 2:18 am

    Wow, what great ideas! I love the scones and the lemon ginger meringues! I am going to have to try these!

  • Reply
    Jillian @ Food, Folks and Fun
    March 8, 2016 at 2:21 am

    This looks like the perfect party for book club!

  • Reply
    Emily @ Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt
    March 8, 2016 at 10:09 am

    This looks like such a fun party idea! I want to try out the scones, I’m on a big scone kick right now!

  • Reply
    Cami @ The Crafting Nook
    March 8, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    What a great tea party!!! Love everything you made! Those teas ideas are so awesome! I wanna join your book club!
    Hugs

  • Reply
    Alli @ Cupcake Diaries
    March 8, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    I just think these are the cutest ideas! So fun!

  • Reply
    Andi @ The Weary Chef
    March 8, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    What a fun tea party! Love all the variety of recipes you made with tea! Such a great idea!

  • Reply
    christine
    March 9, 2016 at 6:05 am

    Everything looks so inviting. I love the idea of a book club but i know if I joined one or hosted one when the time came I would dread having to do it. Story of my life…… Great job. Clearly your the hostess w/ the mostess.

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    Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze
    March 9, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Oh my goodness, so much fun going on in this post. Those scones and drinks look outstanding. I wish I could of been at this tea party. I would of been all over everything! Yum!!

  • Reply
    Joy @ Joy Love Food
    March 9, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    What a gorgeous spread, everything looks so good, I wish I was part of your book club!

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    March 9, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Everything looks delicious! I know there will be at least a few of these recipes that I try for our Mother’s Day Tea with Girl Scouts.

  • Reply
    linda spiker
    March 10, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Those scones looks absolutely amazing!

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    March 10, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    I love hosting book parties at my house. We are always serving coffee, tea, and mocktails for our guests.

  • Reply
    Healing Tomato
    March 13, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Next time, I am inviting myself over to this book club tea party. What an amazing spread and it is beyond delicious. Not to mention, a very entertaining good time.

  • Reply
    Manju | Cooking Curries
    March 15, 2016 at 1:37 am

    Oh! How I would love to work at a book store, if I had the time for it! The tea party looks great! Love the hibiscus pom iced tea! Can I please get an invite to the next tea party!?

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    Triple Citrus Bars - The Complete Savorist
    March 25, 2016 at 1:46 am

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