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Celebrating the art of Frida Kahlo

Aug 09. 2018
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By The Nation

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If you’re heading to London in the next couple of months, drop by the award-wining Lanesborough Hotel, which is offering a Frida Kahlo-inspired Afternoon Tea as a adjunct to the “Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up” exhibition that’s on show at the nearby Victoria & Albert Museum until November 4.

Created by Head Pastry Chef Gabriel Le Quang, the afternoon tea is inspired by the colours, shapes and textures of the life of the Mexican artist, Paired with scones, classic sandwiches and pastries, tea commences with a taste of Agua de Jamaica, the classic Mexican water flavoured with hibiscus typically sipped during the Mexican merienda (afternoon tea period).

The dishes include Corn sable with dulce de leche, combining the Mexican tastes of corn and the traditional dulce de leche, Margarita Baba, a classic baba with a Margarita twist using agave and tequila, Carrot Cake, decorated in Kahlo-esque style, Passion Fruit and Raspberry Eclair, inspired by Kahlo’s work, and Mexican Chocolate Tartelette, made with Mexican chocolate and garnished with delicate sugar flowers. 

Guests can order hot chocolate or Mexican spiced hot chocolate instead of tea or coffee with their Afternoon Tea. The afternoon tea is priced at 39 GBP (Bt1,700) per person or 49 GBP (Bt2,143) with a glass of Irroy Champagne or a Traditional Margarita cocktail per person.

For the more indulging experience, a selection of tequila inspired cocktails is priced at 25 GBP a glass. There’s Maestro Dobel Silver (a superb double-distilled, pure and unaged sipping tequila with only water added to dilute it to drinking strength), Jose Cuervo Tradicional (a rare Reposado tequila produced each year in limited amount), Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia, a Tequila Extra Anejo so rich that it becomes difficult to distinguish it from other quality aged spirits, aged for a minimum of 3 years and Creyente Mezcal Joven, an artisanal joven Mezcal from Oaxaca, silky with notes of green, sweet fruit, and a gentle touch of smokiness. 

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