"I was inspired by the story of Oolong, where this tea farmer gets scared off by a serpent..." Listen to Julie Van Zant (0:47)
The Creation
The Muse
Cocktail No. 2

Sophisticated Mixology:
The Royal Tea

Beverage Team at Mandarin Oriental, New York
CREATED AT Mandarin Oriental, New York

The Muse

  • Tea: TeaLeaves Organic Imperial Oolong
  • Color: PANTONE 1945C
  • MOOD: Sophisticated

The artist was inspired by the tea, color, and mood of the TEALEAVES Whole Leaf Pyramid Teabag Collection.

The Mood & Color
The Mood & Color

Sophisticated: PANTONE 1945C

“Elegant, cultivated, rich and refined, this deep red tone conveys luxury, power and tradition.”

The Artist
Watch The Artist At Work
The Artist

Mixologist's Notes:
blending tea, color, and mood

“When I thought about sophistication and Organic Imperial Oolong, I immediately knew that I wanted to present the cocktail in a martini glass. A cocktail, but without ice. Elegant lines to match the deep, rich pink. I wanted to make a statement.”

- Julie Van Zant

Have a Taste:

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The Ingredients
The Ingredients

“Rich notes of Organic Imperial Oolong is grounded by earthy beet juice, then highlighted by bright meyer lemon. Lastly, pomegranate adds an elegance without losing brilliance in taste.”

- Julie Van Zant
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Symbolism of the Dragon :

The Dragon signifies noble strength and imperial power while its red hue is associated with the Fire element. What a perfect match for the sophisticated palate of Organic Imperial Oolong with its estate leaves, hand-picked at dawn to capture flavor at its peak.

“All-seeing eyes reflect ancient knowledge and strength. Flying where mists embrace stone, the mystical animal watches protectively over the world below.”