Tea has its traditional time and place – from carefully choreographed tea ceremonies to afternoon tea with its delicious sandwiches, cakes, and pastries. Even the simplicity of enjoying a cup of tea on a chilly day is a tradition in and of itself.
But, to every yin there is a yang, and for every appropriate time and place to enjoy a cup of tea there is also a comical, wildly inappropriate counter-scenario. Art of Tea brings you a brief guide of unusual places to hold your afternoon tea party.
1. A football game: A brief Google search of “drinking tea and football” yielded a long list of drinking games of the alcoholic variety but nothing involving tea. Not surprising. I say, rock the boat, buck tradition, challenge convention. The next time you host Sunday night football try serving up some cucumber sandwiches (sans crust, of course) and a piping hot pot of tea. It’s about time civility was introduced to the world of football. You and your friends will be golf clapping touchdowns in no time. Take it to the next level by bringing along a hot thermos of your favorite brew to the football stadium. What better accessory to your oversized foam hand and beer gut than a nice hot cup of tea?
2. The Mad Tea Party ride at Disneyland: Worth it just for the irony. You can soothe whatever first-degree burns you sustain from the ride by (again with the irony) placing a wet tea bag directly on the burn – the tannic acid will help draw heat from the area.
3. Nascar: Apparently the folks at Lipton are a step ahead of us. Their website recommends their customers to “Combine your love for Lipton® Iced Tea and NASCAR® by getting the FREE NASCAR®-Licensed Pitcher. Whether you’re watching this week’s race or are just enjoying a lazy afternoon on the porch, nothing will refresh you like some Lipton® Iced Tea.” Can’t really argue with that. But what about some hot premium cave-aged pu-erh? It’s been known to decrease physical stress, this way you can enjoy a stress-free race (even when your driver’s car does somersaults down the track.)
4. The bar: Throw everyone for a loop by indulging in a mild caffeine buzz from Art of Tea’s organic classic black tea. And no, a hot toddy is not considered a tea.
5. The sauna: Prove just how hardcore you are by kicking your sauna experience up a notch. Fill that same thermos you took to the football game with piping hot Lotus Flower – naturally caffeine free, it’s been attributed to relaxation and other health benefits. Ahhhhh.