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BEST VODKA-INFUSED HIGH TEA Phoenix 2007 - The Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton

2401 E. Camelback Road

Phoenix, AZ 85016


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If holding a stiff drink in your hand is more your cup of tea, then the Ritz-Carlton is for you. Around the world, the hotel chain is known for its signature, afternoon tea service. But on Thursday and Friday afternoons in Phoenix, the hotel's "salon de thé" takes a twist. Jeffrey, the Ritz-Carlton's tea master, has created a line of tea-infused cocktails and mar-tea-nis for the hotel's high-tea-turned-happy-hour, called "Tea with a Twist." When the traditional tea service ends at 5 p.m., the real fun begins. Tea master Jeffrey, who is also a jazz singer, and Nicole (the popular pianist from My Florist Cafe) team up with percussionist E.J. Rodriguez (from the Deborah Harry/Jazz Passengers CD Live in Spain) to fill the Lobby Lounge while you get your drink on with delights spiked with high-quality oolong, sencha, and jasmine. Now that's what we call high tea!
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Jeffery was wonderful. Host, singer, tea guru. He made us feel right at home. The hotel was trying to do a more modern type tea and even had marteani's. A bit too modern for my grandma but we all liked it. It was an elegant afternoon for all of us and I would definitely go back again.