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High Tea Gets Twisted at Surfers Paradise Hilton

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  Site Where: 6 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia, 4217
October 5, 2012 at 4:16 PM | by | ()

Typically, high tea is an experience we recommend everyone to experience at least once in their life. The pomp and tradition of well-decorated petits fours, delicious finger sandwiches and scones with clotted cream is highly regarded amongst a large segment. This can get a little stuffy sometimes especially if you are not part of said segment. This is where the Hilton Surfers Paradise comes to the rescue with their High Tea with a Twist.

The mere mention of 'high tea' conjures up thoughts of well-healed ladies donning large hats and nibbling on crustless cucumber sandwiches from white gloved fingers. Well, you can throw that image out of the window once we tell you about Fix Cocktail Bar's most unique high tea we have ever been part of. Gloved-hands down.

All of the traditional elements are present; hotel, three-tiers of goodies, and, of course, tea. But like we said--with a twist. The entire menu is themed off of popular cocktails and we're not talking the virgin kinds. Think of mini mojito, vodka martini Jell-O shot or a jellied Bloody Mary served on a cucumber slice; get what we're talking about?

When the multi-tiered cake stand was presented to us, we were in awe. Then, as the mixologist went through the selections of the day, we were ready to dig in. Come on, we couldn't resist a Bellini with a peach foam or the gin Jell-O with candied lime served on a spoon ready to slurp up. Or perhaps a Long Island iced tea marshmallow rolled in sugared coconut? Yep, we had it and it was good.

Don't worry, our judgement wasn't clouded by all the alcohol since we did have the opportunity to enjoy some slightly sweet desserts with a raspberry sorbet, piña colada and edible dirt all washed down with a cafe mocha type drink.

As you would expect, we finished up with a pot of steaming tea. Here is where the twist continues. This was a speakeasy tea served in a tea pot with vintage teacups, all presented with a book with a hidden bottle labeled POISON, a la Sherlock Holmes. The tea was actually a version of a Long Island iced tea where the poison was a absinthe floater to spice up the flavor of the tea.

An appropriate mix of English upper-crust and fraternity party that left us wanting another creative course; it was difficult to wipe the smile from our face. We loved it! We also applaud the creativity and the execution since it caused us to want to jump up and scream, 'It was the butler, in the library with a candlestick!'

The High Tea at Fix is $25 per person.

Note: This special high tea menu was offered through the middle of October as part of the Hilton Surfers Paradise's 1-year anniversary celebrations. That said, Fix Bar will continue to churn out creative cocktails well after the birthday.

[Photos: Rayme Gorniak/HotelChatter]

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