This is not your grandmother’s tea time: Urban lifestyle hotel The Camby in Phoenix in September began offering a Tipsy Tea Party. Held in the 277-room property’s cocktail bar, The Bees Knees, the spirited service includes tea-infused drinks served in quirky cups with sweet-and-savory bites.
Chilled cocktails include Havana Rising with white rum, vodka, lemon juice and green-tea simple syrup, and Eastern Orchestra with Chambord, Moet ice imperial Champagne, lemon juice and orchid oolong simple syrup. Hot drinks include the Spiced Pear Toddy, made with bourbon, lemon juice, Demerara simple syrup, spiced pear liqueur and Earl Grey tea. Tea mocktails and straight tea are also available.
New spins on the tea sandwich include a savory mango crab avocado slider, fried green cherry tomatoes with preserved lemon aioli, aji amarillo tater tot and caviar, herb ricotta and Iberico lomo bruschetta and truffle deviled egg with potato chip dust. Desserts include pistachio cream pie, no-bake citrus cheesecake, French macaroons and éclairs with passion fruit and raspberry.
The Tipsy Tea Party takes place every Friday and Saturday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The $40-per-person price includes one of every dish from the prix-fix menu, a choice of tea cocktail to be served in a teapot and a finale of sweet treats.