The weather is heating up and that calls for something cold to drink! I drink a lot of water, but it’s nice to have something with a bit of flavor to break up the monotony. Until recently I would have reached for a diet soda, but I’ve been trying to cut back on the artificial sweeteners. I love lemonade but not all the calories. What’s left? A nice tall glass of iced tea? Yes, please! I usually brew my own, but there are days when I just don’t have the time. Naturally I was thrilled at the opportunity to give Lipton Pure Leaf Iced Tea a try.
Lipton Pure Leaf Iced Tea comes in both sweetened and unsweetened varieties and several flavors. All varieties feature all-natural ingredients and contain no preservatives. The sweetened varieties contain no high fructose corn syrup, a big plus in my book.
You’ve heard of an Arnold Palmer, right? Half tea, half lemonade? Aside from those, it never occurred to me to drink tea any other way than straight up. Now I’m looking at tea in a whole new way. I tried this recipe for Fruit-Tea Smoothies, it was the perfect afternoon treat – so refreshing!
16 ounces of Pure Leaf™ Iced Tea with Lemon or Pure Leaf™
Unsweetened Iced Tea, chilled
2 cups frozen strawberries
1 cup Breyers® Fat Free Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream
1 Tbsp. sugar
In blender, process all ingredients until smooth. Serve immediately in tall glasses and garnish, if desired, with fresh strawberries.
Next on my list to try – this fresh take on the Cosmo:
Green Tea Cosmo
3 ounces of Pure Leaf™ Green Tea with Honey
1 ounce orange juice
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce cranberry juice cocktail
In shaker filled with ice, and all ingredients. Shake well, then strain into chilled Martini glass. Garnish, if desired, with lime peel.
Tip: For a special twist, substitute 1 ounce vodka for 1 ounce orange juice.
Lipton has thought of all kinds of creative ways to drink your tea and even a few ways to use it in savory recipes. You’ll find lots more ideas on their Facebook page. You can find Lipton Pure Leaf Iced Tea in 18.5 oz single serve bottles and 59oz multi-serve bottles.
Are you a sweet tea drinker or do you prefer the unsweetened variety? Have you ever used tea in a cocktail or other concoction? I’d love to hear your recipes!
Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Lipton Pure Leaf. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for participating.