A Recipe for a Tea-Infused Delight from Carola Smits

Carola Smits, a successful culinary artist and entrepreneur, has founded La Sobremesa on Spain’s Costa Blanca. La Sobremesa offers catering services for weddings, business meetings, and family celebrations, focusing on local ingredients, reduced waste, and meaningful connections.

“This summer, I had the privilege of crafting exquisite evening dinners for numerous families and groups of friends. Picture-perfect long tables adorned with sumptuous BBQ feasts or light, refreshing fish dishes defined these balmy summer nights that slipped by too quickly.”

Observing a shift towards mindful dining, Carola notes the growing preference for non-alcoholic pairings. Inspired by the tea sommelier trend, she delves into tea experimentation, exploring its nuances and traditions across cultures.

Carola’s innovation extends to crafting tea-infused cocktails. She shares a delightful recipe for an Earl Grey mocktail with a twist of orange.

Ingredients for 2 long drink glasses:

  • 16 g loose Earl Grey tea
  • 500 ml boiled water
  • 500 g ice cubes
  • ½ orange
  • Pinch of vanilla sugar
  • Splash of tonic or sparkling water


  • Steep the Earl Grey tea in boiled water for about 3 minutes at 95 degrees.
  • Strain the tea over 300 g of ice, allowing it to cool.
  • Muddle half an orange in a cocktail shaker, adding the squeezed orange juice, vanilla sugar, and extra ice cubes. Top up the shaker with the cooled tea.
  • Shake until cold and condensation forms on the shaker’s exterior.
  • Pour through a sieve into two long drink glasses with ice cubes. Top with sparkling water or tonic. Garnish with an orange slice.

Carola’s creativity extends to the MarTEAni variation—a touch of gin transforms the mix into an exquisite experience.


For those intrigued by the harmony of tea and food, Carola’s cooking workshops, starting from September, offer a deeper exploration. 


For inquiries, contact:

📞 +34658827527 📧

Discover La Sobremesa: 

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📷 Instagram: @lasobremesalife 

Location: Rada de Moraira, Alicante – Spain

In essence, Carola Smits and La Sobremesa redefine culinary artistry, uniting diverse influences in an experience that goes beyond food.


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