Warm up a winter afternoon with friends, blends, and luscious tea-party fare. "The simple ritual of sharing a cup brings people together in a way that restores body, mind, and spirit," says tea expert Briar Winters.
The winter is typically filled with boisterous parties, decadent spreads, and noisy merry-makers. We're all for that, but for a change of pace, try indulging in an elegant, cozy tea party. Winters likes to gather friends over intimate chai instead of cocktails.
Wrap your hands around the perfect cup with some of her masterful methods.
Crafting combinations yourself can be an exhilarating exercise for your senses. The blends don't need to be exotic. Winters mixes tea leaves with spice staples, like cinnamon and fennel seeds, and a few special ingredients, such as rose petals, cacao, and saffron, to create invigorating elixirs. With these recipes (all of which can be made ahead), you can, too.