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Holiday Tea Time

By Amy Cavanaugh |

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When the temperature starts dropping, it’s time for a cup of tea. You can go classic with daily afternoon tea at The Drake, or try one of these new teas.

Atwood Café launches a holiday tea service this weekend with your choice of eight different teas that are served with cumin- or chamomile-infused honey. While you’re sipping, indulge in chef Derek Simcik’s tomato cucumber, salmon, and curry chicken salad sandwiches, cranberry scones, chocolate-covered strawberries, mousse, macaroons, and other treats. Tea is available November 17, 18, 24, 25, and every day in December for $35 per adult and $20 per child.

Atwood Café
1 West Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 368-1900

Opt for a more adult tea at the Fairmont Chicago, which is offering tea cocktails all month. Four cocktails will be available at Aria Bar: The Napoleon Complex made with peppermint tea and Napoleon Mandarine Liqueur; Rye & Tea made with rooibos tea and Ri Whisky; The Southern Gentleman made with chai tea and bourbon; and the Smoky Peach Tea-Ni with white tea and Chivas Regal.

Prefer to have teatime at home? Here’s a recipe for The Napoleon Complex.


  • 1 oz. Napoleon Mandarine Liqueur
  • 4 oz. Peppermint Tea
  • 0.5 oz. Fernet Branca
  • 0.5 oz. Bacardi Dark 8-year
  • 1 slice orange
  • 1 orange peel


  1. Muddle Fernet, Bacardi, and an orange slice in a shaker.
  2. Add ice then pour in freshly steeped peppermint tea.
  3. Stir with a spoon, then shake four times.
  4. Pour into a rocks glass and garnish with an orange peel.

Fairmont Chicago
200 North Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 565-8000