At the Two E Bar and Lounge inside The Pierre Hotel, you can partake in a very chic afternoon tea served on low tables. The floor is grey and brown and the lights a notch dimmer and more seductive than most places. And when they ask you what tea you’d like to drink, request the “Warm Sunrise.” It’s an off-menu favorite, a dreamy creation of chamomile, fresh orange and lemon slices, honey and cinnamon sticks.
The waiter that brews this concoction best is Ilya Aksenov – it’s all about proportions and knowing just how much honey to use, and you have the beautiful Nora Walsh to thank for inventing this drink.
I’ve become so obsessed with Warm Sunrise that I make it at home daily. It’s our realiable post-dinner sip when you crave something sweet but the idea of an actual dessert seems too heavy. Remove the strainer from your teapot and spoon in loose chamomile (use disposable T-Sac filters if you want to keep things less messy).
You can use any honey, but I love this Earl Grey Honey Lisa brought back from Japan. It’s simply earl grey leaves infused into honey – the result is potent and true to taste. I often combine tea and herbs in my drinks, this is just another way of doing so.