I Got “Steeped” at the Fairmont Mayakoba

14 Nov

Saturday evening, Jorge and I were invited by PR Director Paulina Feltrin to visit the incredible Fairmont Mayakoba resort in the Riviera Maya for something I have never done before… a tea tasting! On November 12, the Fairmont chain hosted different “Get Steeped” events throughout all their international hotels and resorts, offering everything from cultural events to “tea-quila” drinks.

At the Fairmont Mayakoba, we got to enjoy some unique yet delicious Berry Berry Tea Martinis.

The resort’s resident tea and tequila expert, Jesus, explained to us about the Fairmont’s popular line of teas, offering a variety of delicious infusions ranging from traditional Earl Greys to modern fruit flavors.

Jesus mixed each drink with the following recipe:

  • Fairmont’s Berry Berry infusion tea, with dried hibiscus flower (popular in Mexico), raisins, berries and herbs
  • A generous portion of vodka
  • A dash of Xtabentun liqueur, a traditional anise from the Yucatan

All these ingredients combined to create a strong, flavorful and very Mexican tea martini!

I even got the chance to mix my own, which Jesus said was even better than his (Maybe he was just trying to butter me up, but it worked). I learned that the best way to steep tea is by scooping the mixture directly into the water, NOT with a tea bag! Also, you need 20 – 30 shakes to mix a martini. Considering I’ve never mixed a drink in my life, I was pretty pleased with myself.

The final product was quite beautiful, with the alcoholic Berry Berry Tea Martini sporting a lovely pink color and the non-alcoholic martini with a deep purple tone.

I’ve never been much of a tea drinker, but after the tea tasting at the Fairmont Mayakoba resort I just might have to turn these tea martinis into a bad habit!

Disclosure:  I am being compensated for my work in creating and managing content as a Community Manager for the Mexico Today Program.  All stories, opinions and passion for all things Mexico shared here are completely my own.

11 Responses to “I Got “Steeped” at the Fairmont Mayakoba”

  1. Laura November 14, 2011 at 11:44 pm #

    “tea-quila” very clever! I would love to try some of these drinks! 🙂

    • Laura in Cancun November 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

      You should! It was very easy to make, I could do it at home 🙂

  2. DM November 14, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

    Ohhh that sounds like tons of fun!

  3. Ang November 15, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    yum – those sound interesting.. and delicious! Nice job and rockin’ the martini!

  4. Krysten November 15, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    Yum, sounds good to me!

  5. KfromMichigan November 15, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    Yummy .. sounds good!

  6. lisa n javi November 16, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    How cool, they look really good. I love drinking tea, I think I might enjoy theses.

  7. Kristi November 16, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

    Some teas can be amazing… the martinis with tea look great! Looks like a great resort as well 🙂

  8. Julie M. November 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    I would love to do that – I’m a huge tea fan! That martini sounds amazing.

  9. Ceri February 25, 2012 at 5:29 am #

    Wow. I love teas so that whole event looked like heaven to me. Haha. Loving the look of the martinis too.

  10. Love Tea March 4, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    Wow, that sounds like a marvelous experience, and the tea sounds wonderful. I’d love to sample the teas.

    While I don’t get to do anything as exotic as you do for your work (sampling such wonderful things), I have been sampling my way through a line of teas I recently found at http://www.GoldenMountainTeaHouse.com – and having a very nice time doing so. Hmmm – I may have to add some hibiscus to some of those teas.

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