You Can Now Sip on ‘Bridgerton’
"Bridgerton" fans know that while coffee is not unheard of among the residents of the 'ton, the smart set are addicted to a different sort of fragrant substance: Tea.
High tea, afternoon tea, tea with guests who happen to drop by ... no matter what the occasion, tea is de rigueur among anyone who is anyone around town, especially in Season 2 of the popular Netflix series.
Which makes this news something even Lady Whistledown will find charming: The Republic of Tea is debuting five limited edition teas inspired by the Regency period drama!
Featuring the stars of the series (and some new faces for Season 2) on gorgeous tin labels, the flavors are also named after some of your favorites:
According to a news release, this is a "rich and formidable cup" filled with spices like cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves and black pepper. Perfect for the sparks that fly between Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) and newcomer Kate (Simone Ashley), who're pictured on the tin.
"Best sipped when spirited scheming and taming wicked rogues are on the agenda," notes the release, which adds that the chai should be prepared traditionally: with warm milk and a bit of honey.
Alas, Regé-Jean Page's Duke won't be seen in Season 2, but his bride, Duchess Daphne Bassett (Phoebe Dynevor) does pop in every so often. The hot couple of last season graces the tin for this strong black tea with sweet honey notes, blackberry and vanilla flavors. "Sip this seductive infusion to ignite desire and, ultimately, devotion," says the release, which suggests a spoonful of warm milk to stir inside.
We love that young Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) gets her own caffeine-free flavor, one that conjures up her warm-toned outfits. This is a ruby-hued hibiscus tea with essence of champagne and blood oranges. "But will this be enough sustenance to fill a dance card?" the release wonders. "One can only speculate."
Talk about royal tea! Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel) appears in a giant period wig on the tin of this herbal tea imbued with vanilla, sweet black currants and lemon. "This cup meets the discerning approval of Queen Charlotte — the veritable tastemaker of London society," says the release. "Sip like a royal and enjoy this decadent tea with no scandal and no remorse."
There's no actor on the tea tin for this flavor, because the identity of Lady Whistledown is a closely-guarded secret! (Viewers from Season 1 know who the gossip scribe is, and Season 2 will delve more into the mechanics of how the Lady keeps herself in the shadows, but we're glad the tea won't give it away.) This caffeine-free iced tea features hibiscus blossoms along with a mélange of citrus and pineapple. What could be better to drink while gossiping the day away?
"Bridgerton" teas will sell for $14.50 per tin (or about .40 cents per cup); the iced tea is $9 per tin. All will be available starting March 21. Specialty stores around the U.S. will keep the tea in stock for a limited time, but if you can't find it locally, just go to The Republic of Tea and get ready to boil some water. Things are about to get hot in the 'ton!
Randee Dawn (she/her) is an entertainment journalist and author based in Brooklyn. In addition to writing for TODAY.com, Variety and The Los Angeles Times, her debut novel, Tune in Tomorrow, about a reality TV show run by mythic creatures, published in 2022. She's also the co-author of The Law & Order: SVU Unofficial Companion. When not interviewing the stars or dabbling in speculative fiction, she dreams of the next place she can travel to, or cuddles her Westie. More at RandeeDawn.com.