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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tea Total

Suitably stunning for summer-stuffed coolers, I'd like to present a few beachy recipes featuring the new line of 100% Natural Lipton Iced Teas. Teetotalers are welcome to try naturally, but with the inclusion of some boozy goodness, these invigorating refreshers are at least a different view on what Grandmama used to sip back in the day—and whether or not she added liquor to her iced tea was entirely her own business!

White Citrus Sangria

Serves 4
1 bottle Lipton 100% Natural Diet Green Tea with Citrus
1-3/4 cups white grape juice (or try a crisp and fruity white wine!)
1/4 cup orange juice 1 evenly sliced orange, lemon, and lime

Pour Lipton 100% Natural Diet Green Tea with Citrus and grape juice or wine in a large pitcher. Toss in the fruit and stir it around with a cocktail spoon of choice. Chill at least two hours before guests arrive and serve in chilly glasses filled with ice.

Watermelon-Cucumber Refresher

Serves 3
1/2 cup grated cucumber (use a microplaner for this or simply puree a peeled and seeded cuke)
1 bottle Lipton 100% Natural Diet Green Tea with Watermelon

Combine Lipton 100% Natural Diet Green Tea with Watermelon and cucumber in a 1-quart glass measuring cup or pitcher. Strain after 30 minutes, once the mixture has acclimated to room temperature. Refrigerate until the spirit moves you. Serve in frosty ice-filled glasses and complete the cocktail with slices of cucumber and fresh mint leaves after perhaps throwing some vodka into the mix.

Pina Tea-La Da
Serves 3
1 bottle Lipton 100% Natural Iced Tea with Lemon
1/2 cup pineapple juice (a can of Dole will do)
1/4 cup cream of coconut, such as Coco Lopez fresh pineapple wedges (optional)

Put all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pull out a few tall glasses and serve over ice. Consider garnishing with wedges of pineapple freshly pulled from a tree. Light rum would be a natural enhancer here with a dark rum floater.

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