Posts Tagged ‘summer beverage’

Five Homemade Iced Tea Recipes

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Stock up on tea and a few simple ingredients this summer so you can be prepared to make one (or all five) of these iced tea recipes for an impromptu barbecue, Fourth of July party, birthday celebration or other seasonal event.

Tea Time Clock TinLemon Iced Tea

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 tea bags (we recommend Orange Pekoe Tea)
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Measure sugar and place in a large mixing bowl with 1 cup of lemon juice to dissolve.
  2. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan, remove from heat and place tea bags in the pan to steep for a maximum of 5 minutes (do not squeeze the tea bags!).
  3. Remove tea bags and discard. Pour hot tea into sugar/lemon mixture and stir to mix well.
  4. Transfer into gallon container and fill to the top with cold water, refrigerate.
  5. Add lemon or mint for a garnish, serve over ice.

Peach Iced Tea

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 7 cups water
  • 2-3 peaches, sliced
  • 3 tea bags (of your choice)

Directions:

  1. Bring sugar, 1 cup water and peach slices to boil. Reduce heat to medium, crushing peaches while stirring.
  2. Once sugar is dissolved, turn off heat and remove from stove. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Boil remaining water and add tea bags, steep for 5 minutes. Remove and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Strain peach syrup (steps 1&2) to remove larger fruit pieces. Add to tea and serve over ice.

Mint Iced Tea

What You’ll Need:

  • 8 cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon loose tea leaves
    (we recommend a Chinese Green Tea)
  • 1½ ounces fresh mint sprigs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Directions:

  1. Combine boiling water and tea in a medium bowl. Cover and steep for about 3 minutes.
  2. Strain into another bowl and discard tea leaves. Add mint and steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Add sugar and stir until fully dissolved. Cool completely, then serve over ice.

Pomegranate Iced Tea

What You’ll Need:

  • 8 cups boiling water
  • 8 tea bags (of your choice)
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 3 limes, thinly sliced (if desired)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Directions:

  1. Combine boiling water and tea in a medium bowl. Cover and steep for about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags and let the tea cool to at least room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Add pomegranate juice, limes and sugar and stir until sugar is fully dissolved. Serve over ice.

Glass Beverage DecanterLemonade Iced Tea

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups water (to boil)
  • 8 tea bags (of your choice)
  • 1 ounce fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 (6-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

Directions:

  1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil. Remove from heat, add tea bags and stir in fresh mint. Cover and steep 10 minutes.

  2. Remove tea bags and mint. Stir in sugar until fully dissolved.

  3. Add the 4 cups cold water and lemonade concentrate to the tea and stir until combined. Serve over ice. Garnish with citrus slices if desired.

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End-of-Summer Party Recipes

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Go all out for the last month of summer with backyard parties, by soaking up the sun, and while you’re at it, enjoy delicious food and refreshing beverages. Here are are a few recipes for satisfying yourself and your guests up until the very last day of summer.

Good Food, Friends, Times Sign

Get started with a cool dip that is good with crackers or chips. This homemade French Onion Dip is just the right hors d’oeuvre to snack on throughout a party.

Full flavor and color are important in any dish, but during the summertime especially to complement the fun and festive atmosphere of a pool party, barbecue or campfire. Caribbean Jerk Chicken with Coconut Rice is a perfectly light meal to serve during the dog days of summer, and its presentation is beautiful. Make it ahead of your summer soiree to bring the most flavor out of the chicken.

Go green with a food that has taken the nutritional world by storm. These Avocado Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps put a spin on classic chicken salad; a delicious spin, that is. You can also use a tortilla wrap or spread it between two slices of your favorite bread to enjoy with friends.

Mason Jar Beverage DispenserWash it all down with fruity, ice cold drinks for all of your guests. Tropical Sangria is chock full of colorful, juicy fruits, while the Peach Iced Tea only uses a few ingredients and can be enjoyed by all ages.

Don’t forget about dessert! We are loving this No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake that is perfect for serving during a barbecue or as the cake for a summertime birthday party.

Oreos

Let us know which recipe(s) you try, and you can always find more beverage, salad and Oreo recipes throughout our blog for your summertime entertaining needs.

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Strawberry Daiquiris

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

This frozen beverage (yields 4 drinks) can be made with or without rum for all of your summertime parties and events. We highly recommend using fresh ingredients, but when you’re in a hurry frozen or concentrated ingredients work fine. Enjoy!

Strawberry Daiquiri RecipeWhat you’ll need:

  • 4 cups ice
  • 15-20 large strawberries
  • 5 tablespoons fine granulated sugar
  • 2 ounces strained lime juice
  • 8 ounces white rum (if desired)

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until well mixed; ice should be almost entirely dissolved.
  2. Pour into hurricane, martini or tumbler glasses, garnish with a strawberry or lime, and serve.

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