Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
The hotel’s Swans Cafe offers a classic afternoon tea with a selection of excellent loose-leaf teas, including many custom blends made by resident tea sommelier Cynthia Gold. 64 Arlington St. 617-426-2000, 617-654-1906 (tea reservations line). bostonparkplaza.com
Shake Green Tea-Infused vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice and a splash of peach schnapps. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with dried peach or apricot pieces.
Green Tea-Infused Vodka
Pour vodka into a large pitcher. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean into vodka, then add remaining ingredients. Let the mixture sit 30 minutes, then taste. If the flavor is not strong enough, allow the mixture more time to blend. When the flavor is to your liking, strain the mixture through double layers of cheesecloth or through a coffee filter. (It’s important to remove all bits of tea, fruit, and vanilla bean, as these ingredients can cause the vodka to degrade more quickly.) Once strained, the vodka can be stored several months chilled or at room temperature.
Yield: 1 liter