To celebrate Vancouver Design Week, TEALEAVES hosted a tea cocktail tasting at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver. Presenting a Pantone-inspired cocktail from our #PaletteForYourPalate campaign, we discussed color in the world of design and food, and how “the first taste is with the eyes.”
The evening began with a talk on design, where guests were able to examine the use of color in the realm of food and tea. A tasting experience and mixology demonstration by Four Seasons Mixologist, Todd Zimmerman, who created the Second Spring tea cocktail for the #PaletteForYourPalate campaign, followed.
This past winter, we said cheers to the new TEALEAVES x Pantone packaging design of our iconic Whole Leaf Pyramid Teabag collection w ith #PaletteForYourPalate. An online exhibition of tea+color+mood, we explore the detail of color through a culinary approach as well as a documentary on why color matters— at TEALEAVES, we not only blend for aroma and taste, but also for color.
Zimmerman revealed the creation process behind his cocktail, showing not only how to make it, but also explaining some of the science behind the ingredients in achieving the perfect refreshing blue – Pantone 290C. Butterfly pea flowers produce a brilliant blue color during the rapid infusion process with TEALEAVES Organic Peppermint tea and gin. While the addition of lemon juice causes the infusion to slowly take on a more purple hue, the inclusion of cream and egg whites work to stabilize the color, as well as creating a delicious foam he explained.
The cocktails were served alongside canapes by Yew Seafood + Bar, and guests mingled amongst each other, discussing the drink, design, and tea. Exploring how “the first taste is with the eyes,” the Second Spring tea cocktail impressed with its refreshing mint blue color and floral garnish.
Zimmerman has kindly presented his recipe to use to share, for those who wish to recreate the concoction at home, or were unable to attend the event. Discover the drink on paletteforyourpalate.com