In this season for classic horror movies and cooling weather, we turn our thoughts to monsters and hot drinks. The history of tea spans generations and continents, as do the mythologized histories of Universal Monsters and their victims. While the history of tea is built on blood and espionage, it is merely the story of humans destroying entire civilizations in the name of commerce and expansion. In contrast, the mythos of the Universal Monsters is that of fear of the other and how they can destroy whole communities with the terror they engender. Strangely, we often find the latter more frightening.
What better combination than these monsters and the teas they (and you) could enjoy while watching their movies?
Played by the fantastic Bela Lugosi, Dracula would no doubt drink this blood orange tea. Not only would it be something he could sinisterly serve to his guests as a not particularly subtle hint as to his nature, it is also caffeine-free, allowing him to get to his coffin in time for dawn.
The Invisible Man
Prior to undertaking an invisible murderous rampage, the Invisible Man would enjoy this White Cucumber tea. Its subtle flavor and light color would no doubt remind him of his own situation and the freedom it affords him. However, as this tea has no monocane, it will not cause the imbiber to turn invisible or grow violently unstable.
The Wolf Man
Like the silver cane found in the antique shop, this China Silver Needle tea would entice any human to become a wolfman. With its delicate vegetal flavor and notes of honeysuckle, its aroma will bring to mind scenes from the countryside and all the things that prowl there.
Frankenstein and His Bride
Frankenstein’s monster, if given the opportunity, would be an erudite sort of tea drinker. He has been known to crave the finer things in life and one of those things is a smoked Earl Grey. The smoky flavor of this tea combined with the traditional bergamot flavoring of Earl Gray would no doubt remind him of the first moment he awoke on Dr. Frankenstein’s table, craving a life to live and someone to love him. Upon being created, his Bride, of course, would drink this Madame Grey tea.
The Mummy would, of course, drink this Egyptian Dreams rooibos blend. He isn’t a particularly subtle monster but doubtless he would want to have some of the flavors of home. Doubtless he would find them rejuvenating while terrorizing incautious British archaeologists. Of course, they should have known better but were fated to do it any way. After all, movie archaeologists are always doomed to read the scrolls which should in all likelihood remain unread.
The Creature from the Black Lagoon
The Creature from the Black Lagoon would drink coffee. Because he is a jerk.
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