Happy Hour: Fashionably Kate

SHAUNA REMPEL

Cesar Mesen creates a royal wedding inspired champagne cocktail infused with tea.

First there was the Kate dress, now there’s a drink to sip while wearing it. Once knock-offs of the now-famous royal blue Issa dress that Kate Middleton wore to announce her engagement to Prince William started making the rounds (British grocery store Tesco makes a version for about $25) it opened the floodgates for Kate-inspired merchandise.

Fortunately, this gimmicky drink seems to fit Middleton to a T. The 28-year-old princess bride with a taste for London’s club scene now has a Canadian cocktail in her name – the Fashionably Kate, a sparkling yet simple mix of Champagne, ginger and iced tea.

It comes from the Four Seasons’ Avenue Bar and Lounge to celebrate a new collection of custom-blended teas made for the hotel’s legendary afternoon tea service.

This drink uses the Winter Blend, a blend of Darjeeling and China Keemun teas with jasmine and golden calendula petals.

Avenue’s manager Cesar Mesen says the secret is to chill the tea to remove some bitterness. He recommends adding a flamed lemon twist to bring out the citrus oils. “You will get flavours reminiscent of a smoky caramel.”

Because this cocktail relies on a custom blend, there isn’t an obvious substitute. You could make your own Darjeeling/Jasmine blend.


“The 28-year-old princess bride with a taste for London’s club scene now has a Canadian cocktail in her name – the Fashionably Kate, a sparkling yet simple mix of Champagne, ginger and iced tea.”

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