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Review | High Tea Too Bougie for You? Time for a Tipsy Tea Party!

Posted on: September 24th, 2017 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

While I am all about all things mid-century modern and love the pomp and circumstance of tradition, I also like to get a little sassy from time to time. Here is where the Tipsy Tea Party at The Camby meets both sides of my personality. I had the opportunity to get a preview of the new offering this past Friday and y’all need to know about this!

(*I was invited to attend this event as a member of the media. As always, my opinions, remarks and recommdations are my own and not influenced in any way. It takes more than a few cocktails to make me compromise my morals and my dedication to you! Check out our Disclosure Policy for more information*)

If you’ve visited The Camby you know that it’s a destination where you can expect the unexpected. From every corner of the property, you’ll find ideal backdrops for your selfies. From the restrooms to the elevator and everywhere in between you’ll find ample opportunities to impress your Insta followers.

The overall quirky and lively atmosphere of the property is proof enough that they don’t necessarily follow the rules of high-end luxury hotels. Their answer to traditional high tea is anything but proper!

“We’ve tossed out the rule book on high tea,” said Joe Martin, director of food and beverage for The Camby. “This whimsical weekend event is the essence of The Camby, providing guests with an urban playground that escapes the ordinary.”

Want the deets on all things tipsy tea? We got you!

Time for a Tipsy Tea Party!All You Need to Know About The Camby’s Tipsy Tea Party

The Basics

You get can get down with the Tipsy Tea Party every Friday and Saturday 2pm until pm in The Bees Knees, The Camby’s intimate and luxurious bar. You’ll find classic movies projected on the walls, plush seating and lively music during your visit. The staff is knowledgeable and attentive. Not sure what tea to order, you’ll be provided with suggestions on pairings for your sweet and savory treats.

The Booze

You’ll find an array of cold and hot tea cocktails available. Instead of having a cocktail that was created and then mixed in with the tea, you’ll notice that with these cocktails the focus really is on the tea. The alcohol that is mixed in has been well thought out and chosen to emphasize the characteristics and nuances of the tea first.

The Camby's Tipsy Tea PartySome chilled tea-infused cocktails include the Havana Rising. This cocktail consists of white rum, vodka, lemon juice and green tea simple syrup. Hot tea-infused cocktails include the Spiced Pear Toddy, made up of bourbon, lemon juice, Demaria simple syrup, spiced pear liqueur and earl grey tea. Looking for something a little more bubbly? Try the Eastern Orchestra made up of Chambord, Moet ice imperial, lemon juice and an orchid oolong simple syrup. (If you’re the driver for the evening or simply not a fan of alcohol, there are mocktails and unadulterated teas available as well.)

The Bites

Tipsy Tea Afternoon Nibbles“Standard doesn’t apply for the Tipsy Tea Party menu or for that matter, anything we do here at The Camby,” said Executive Chef Dushyant Singh. “I’ve dreamt up the unexpected.”

He’s not kidding! The savory selections will arrive at your table on a lazy susan, perfect for picking and choosing and sharing. There are no tea sandwiches here. The lively menu includes a savory mango crab avocado slider, fried cherry green tomatoes with preserved lemon aioli, aji Amarillo tater tot with caviar, herb ricotta and Iberico lomo bruschetta and a truffle deviled egg with potato chip dust. I am a serious lover of deviled eggs and there was something so special about Chef Singh’s version. The truffle flavor was present but not overwhelming and the potato chip dust added an interesting texture and a touch of approachability to this fancified treat. It was a definite favorite.

Tipsy TEa Party mango crab avocado slidersAs someone with a serious sweet tooth, the Tipsy Tea Party overdoes itself with their sweet treat finale. First off, the desserts arrive to your table in a cookie tin, placed delicately on a mountain of rainbow sprinkles. In a world where appearances are everything, I’m here to tell you the presentation is perfection. On top of all those smile-inducing sprinkles you will find pistachio cream pie, no-bake citrus cheesecake, French macarons and eclairs with passion fruit and raspberry. I loved the no-bake citrus cheesecake for its fresh flavor and slight tang. But let’s be honest, I really, really loved the presentation.

Tipsy Tea Party Sweet EndingsThe Bucks

The Tipsy Tea Party will cost $40 per person and includes one of every dish from the prix-fix menu, a choice of tea cocktail served in a delightful teapot as well as a finale of sweet treats. Reservations are recommended and can be made online or by calling 602.522.6655.

The Tipsy Tea Party is the perfect alternative to happy hour and I can guarantee that you and your friends will enjoy your time there. When you combine the ambiance, atmosphere, service and inventive offerings, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the end of the week!

The Camby | 2401 E. Camelback Road | Phoenix | 85016 | 602.468.0700


About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance writer, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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