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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!






Celebrate the 243rd anniversary of the Boston Tea Party

December 16th will bring the 243rd anniversary of what may be the world’s most famous tea party!

On December 16th, 1773, trouble was brewing in Boston. We relive it again in an annual event presented by Boston’s famed Old South Meeting House and the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.

The 243rd Boston Tea Party Anniversary & Annual Reenactment lets the public experience one of America’s most iconic public protests at a time when public protest remains alive and well. Reenactors from across New England tell the story of The Boston Tea Party and recreate the evening of December 16, 1773 which sparked the American Revolution. It all begins with a fiery tea tax debate at Old South Meeting House, the actual historic hall where the colonists congregated 243 years ago. Then, the public joins a lively procession to the waterfront and witnesses as the Sons of Liberty destroy 220 lbs of actual loose [expired] tea into Boston Harbor. The tea is supplied by London’s East India Company, the same company that it came from all those centuries ago, still in existence today!

Join in the celebration and yell “Huzzah” as the Sons of Liberty dump the tea into the harbor. General admission is $30. To purchase tickets go to: http://gottea2016.bpt.me or visit Old South Meeting House at 310 Washington Street, Boston, MA.

Tickets include admission to the Meeting of the Body of the People at Old South Meeting House and access to an exclusive reserved viewing area on Boston’s Harborwalk for the Destruction of the Tea. All ticket proceeds help support Old South Meeting House, a non-profit National Historic Landmark. This event takes place rain, sleet, snow or shine. For general information on the annual reenactment, go to: www.December16.org.

Participating in the celebration this year are  numerous Boston bars, restaurants and hotels. And Harpoon Brewery will create its annual December Boston Tea Party Ale!