Just the other day, my older brother recounted a story about how I used to mix & create strange concoctions as a child and make people (like him) drink my brew. I thought back about the quirky kid-version Annabel terrorising those close to me as I was cutting up a nectarine in my kitchen to mix with mulled mint leaves, blueberries & sparkling water into a weak tea brew.
My brother’s story reminded me that I’ve always had an apothecary streak in me, believing that with the right herbs, spice, fruit and tea, ailments of life can be well, sipped away.
As a kid, I thought I was weird, best case scenario - kind witch with good remedies, but now at the age of (erhem yes) 29 going on 30, I like to think it’s an innate streak in me that’s simply ahead of my time.lol. I mean look at the surge of bespoke bars, and the reservoirs of cocktails & mocktails out there! Even TCM has been repopularised and herbal remedies are given fresh lease of life with people tuning their beings back to nature.
And Lipton is right in sync with the way our world is evolving, as they’ve put in place creative ideas to encourage people to take a breather from the busy-ness and savour the simple moments in life at any time and any place.
I absolutely concur.
To inspire consumers to create and experience a variety of Lipton moments, I recently attended a perfectly well put-together event by Lipton, featuring British raised tea-drinker George Young who together with The Cufflink Club have come together to create 16 unique recipes of cocktails and mocktails mixes with a variety of Lipton tea. It was absolutely my kind of afternoon!
The event was held at a lovely black and white house along Mt Pleasant Drive with intent to make guests feel like we’ve escaped the hustle & bustle and stepped into George Young’s home for an afternoon of tea and shenanigans. The way he greeted us at the door & offered us a drink gave it that extra personal touch.Our welcome drink was a choice between a Peach Mango tea mocktail and a Passion Raspberry cocktail in jars with our initial on them. (Great party idea so fewer glasses get mixed up!)The Sunshine Serenade and Dark Passions – our refreshing welcome drink on a humid dayThe furnishings within and around the house made a beautiful set-up for our “afternoon delight”.
I got to catch up with friends I’ve not seen in ages and of course when beautiful, intelligent people dwell, photos are in order ;)
With Tommy Wee, Seth and Jean Danker.
We then proceeded to the cocktail making area for the Masterclass, which was just as beautifully set up. (I found myself repeatedly saying that throughout the day “Oh how lovely!” hahaha)
Here’s my spot! With an unhindered,unadulterated view of the above … men-in-action.
I was so thrilled with all the equipment & fresh ingredients (& lil jars of secret things) placed infront of me. SAVOURING THE MOMENT YO!
Hosted by the delectable Jean who was a lovely sight for any eye in her gorgeous get-up.
George and Joel (from The Cufflink Club) brought us through the Masterclass with some really fun, simple steps to make a solid mocktail and cocktail with fresh ingredients & a variety of Lipton Tea.
I always have a stash of Lipton tea at home, usually a basic black tea and a fruit infusion of some sort so I was paying close attention to how I can make a refreshing drink of dancing flavours with a simple tea bag or two.Mulling berries & making cocktails!
One of the reasons why Lipton tea bags are best suited for these cocktails is because its wide variety helps keep taste fresh and interesting AND I learnt that the pyramid tea bag shape allows for better infusion of flavour and aroma. Naise.
As we listened to the handsome blokes banter and give instructions, the crew at my table were all focusing very hard - guys why so competitive!
Just mulling and mixing, shaking and serving! Oh yeah, nearly pro now. & TADA! The Fruittea Red Crush is served!
Savouring a Lipton Moment & enjoying the fruits of our Tea-dious labour. (Get it get it?)
Here’s the recipe for the FRUITEA RED CRUSH:
30ml Lipton Forest Fruits Tea
30ml Vodka of your choice
20ml Honey Syrup:
Mix 2 parts honey to 1 part water
20ml Fresh Lemon Juice
4 Thai Basil Leaves
Next up was a refreshing mocktail called the Maple Twist! FYI, you can put the cock in the mock by adding your choice of alcohol. Just make sure it goes well with the overall taste.
My work-station getting a lil messier at this point. I especially liked the special plum bitters they added in this mocktail, that one lil drop made magic. Now whether or not we did it right is determined if there is a layer of frothy foam when we strain our drink…And there you have it, two amazing drinks in a session with fresh ingredients and Lipton Tea!
Like my workstation, my hair got a lil shaken up and tousled, but hey I’m happy there’s froth.
Here’s the recipe for the MAPLE TREE TWIST!
8 Red Grapes
60ml Lipton Yellow Label Tea
20ml Maple Syrup
25ml Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Dash Plum Bitters
Had a cheers moment with the fellas upfront. Well … I guess we could say that my hen’s party started then! Cocktails, afternoon tea and the men who serves them!
We proceeded to another room for canapés and more luscious cocktails and mocktail treats, by then a storm was on display but that didn’t quite dampen the mood, in fact everyone was just chatting cosily & listening to the interview between Jean and George.
Annabel Tan, George Young, Tommy Wee & Jean Danker
When the day was over, I was presented a beautiful box with an assortment of Lipton tea and basic cocktail making tools. I can’t tell you how stoked I was. Really. (I ADORE KITCHEN TOOLS)
And with my apothecary tendencies, I guess my Lipton affair & fanTEAstic cuppa stories have only just begun. Here’s to many lovely rainy days with a hot cup of Lipton tea & countless sunny summer days with a Lipton Mocktail or Cocktail. Cheers!
For more information about the event, do visit Lipton Singapore Facebook Page and get inspired:
And if you do have the inspiration to create your very own Lipton creation, do share it with us by hashtagging #LiptonMomentSG