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.
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.