The book of the month is perfect for November's cool days. When choosing a book by a woman of color this month, we went for The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See.
Lisa see is a Chinese American novelist - her research on the novel is comprehensive and makes you feel as if you are in each setting of the book of the month.
This story begins in a remote Akha tribe village in China and eventually brings us all around the world. Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons, rituals and routine of farming tea. Yet it is soon disclosed to them that their tea farming could have much more value than providing for their daily lives. Li-Yan comes to be the primary representative of this movement, overcoming a once though ‘cursed’ life to becoming a woman who makes her own destiny.
This cocktail is the drinkable form of the mother tea tree that is so central to the novel. Of course, Pu'er tea is the key ingredient of the drink, contributing to its golden red color that matches the book's cover so well. The lemon spiral garnish is a nod to the golden flecks that are part of the tree's symbolic power.