Tea time in Boston as we celebrate the 243rd Boston Tea Party

BOSTON – December is tea time in Boston and has been for 243 years since tea from London’s East India Company was thrown into Boston Harbor by colonists who objected vigorously to what they viewed as “taxation without representation” with a big debate at Old South Meeting House downtown that ended with marching to the harbor and dumping it there.

That event is replicated here again this year on December 16th at 6:30 p.m. at Old South Meeting House and march at 7:30 to the waterfront where (expired) tea. 220 lbs. worth from the same East India Company, will once again be dumped in Boston Harbor. Last year, 600 people took part.

This year we too, expect to join the tea tax debate, march to the Harbor and join the crowd at Boston Tea Party & Ships Museum. But the event does not stop then. This month, through December 16, Boston restaurants and bars will be doing their part to celebrate tea:

Offered from December 1 – December 16, 2016:

  • Avery Bar (10 Avery St. in the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common):
    • The Northeast Mojito –  Local gold rum, lemon, sugar, mint leaves, Bohea black tea (one of the teas throwing into Boston Harbor during The Boston Tea Party) – $16
    • Throw it into the Caribbean – Owls Brew Coco-Lada, Papa’s Pilar Rum – $16
  • Bastille Kitchen (49 Melcher St.) – Tea Smoked Mussels Marinière with Earl Grey salt, rouille toast – $14
  • Blue State Coffee (155 Seaport Blvd & 957 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA)  Also available at cafes in Providence, RI & New Haven, CT) – Patriot Blend Coffee & Revolutionary Blend Tea
  • Bon Me (313 Congress St.) Deviled Tea Egg – Eggs soaked in a black tea mixture topped with homemade spicy mayo, cayenne pepper, scallions – $2.50 each
  • Harpoon Brewery (306 Northern Ave.) Annual December Boston Tea Party Ale – Craft beer made with Souchong tea, a black tea from the Wuyi Mountains in the Fujian province of China. The tea, provided by the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, is famous for its very distinctive smoky aroma and is one of the five teas thrown into Boston Harbor during The Boston Tea Party.  The Boston Tea Party Ale launches on Dec. 5, 2016
  • L’Espalier (774 Boylston St.) Southern Earl Grey – Earl Grey-infused Bourbon, Grand Marnier, oolong and ginger syrup, orange bitters, Champagne – $18
  • The Marliave (10 Bosworth St.) The Boston Tea Party – Lunazul Tequila, Earl Grey tea, ginger beer, lemon – $12
  • The Oceanaire Seafood Room (40 Court St.) Absolut® Boston Tea Party Martini – Absolut® Wild Tea Vodka, muddled with fresh lemons, triple sec, fresh sour mix -$10
  • Red Lantern Restaurant & Lounge (39 Stanhope St.) Kold Tea – An oversized cocktail (serves 3-4) of jasmine and oolong-infused Tito’s Vodka, lemon, beer – $35
  • Residence Inn Boston Downtown/Seaport Hotel Lobby Bar & Lounge (370 Congress St.) Green Tea Gimlet – Tanquery Gin, green tea, lime juice, lemon syrup – $12
  • RumBa (rum bar located in the InterContinental Boston – 510 Atlantic Ave.):
    • IC-breeze – Barr Hill Gin, fresh brewed mint tea, limoncello, orange juice, Peychaud’s bitters, simple syrup,  lemon – $15
    • Life & LiberTea – Rum steeped with Earl Grey tea, honey syrup, fresh muddled lemons -$14
    • Tea Act  – Rum,  Domaine  de  Canton  Ginger  Liqueur, Mathilde  Pêche, fresh  brewed  iced tea, fresh muddled ginger, fresh lemon juice – $14
  • Scholar’s (25 School St.) The Scholar’s Long Island Iced Tea – House-infused honey peach tea vodka, a splash of citrus mix – tall and over rocks – $12
  • The Tap Trailhouse (19 Union St.) The Boston Tea Party Punch – An oversized cocktail (serves 3-4) of pisco, pineapple juice, lemon, cinnamon, green tea – $39


  • Offered From December 1 – December 16, 2016:
  • Emerald Lounge (in the Revere Hotel Boston Common -200 Stuart St.) Two4Three – Bulleit Burbon, Barry’s homemade sweet tea, lemon, mint – $13
  • Tavern Road (343 Congress St.) The Sons of Liberty Daquiri – Lawley’s New England Spirit (rum), black tea, grenadine, lime – $14


  • Offered the evening of the Boston Tea Party Anniversary/reenactment on Fri., Dec. 16, 2016:
  • Barking Crab (88 Sleeper St.) The Crabby Tea Party – one cup of clam chowder, one entree of Harpoon IPA battered fish & chips, a pint of Harpoon IPA – $20.16
  • Smith & Wollensky (294 Congress St.) Boston Tea Party Reenactment Prix Fixe Dinner – 3-course prix-fixe menu (signature steak or seafood, side & dessert), Samuel Adams Boston Lager™ – $45


Historians view the Boston Tea Party as the single most important event leading to the American Revolution and thereby the creation of the United States of America. Celebrate that creation and the spirit behind it this month in Boston! Happy tea-time!






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