I am not a huge coffee drinker. I don’t own a coffee maker and when I entertain, generally I leave the coffee making to someone else. The truth is, I do not make coffee well.
I much prefer a cup of tea. Hot in the winter time, cold all year round. When I am in a restaurant, I order my ice tea with lots of lemons. And the lemons have to be cut a particular way; in wedges. They need to be squeezeable. I get why restaurants cut their lemon in slices and use as a garnish. But, really, it’s just not practical.
I met my friend Kelly a few years back in a photo class. She started coming over once a week, I would cook her a meal, bake cookies for her to take home, we would take pictures, play with graphics programs, and talk. Her drink of choice was tea, and I would always make her a cup of green tea – no lemon. But she rarely drank it. The one day she showed up with a box of Mighty Leaf Green Tea. After one sip I understood.
I keep boxes of this stuff on hand (and when it’s on sale, I buy what’s on the shelf), and a pitcher of iced green tea is always in my fridge. A dash of simple syrup, a squeeze of fresh lemon, and I am out the door, tea in hand.
A while back, Might Leaf contacted me and offered to send me some of their Iced Tea Mixers. I was thrilled. I tried all of the teas. Although I liked them ( I am a self proclaimed creature of habit), I preferred my Green Tea Tropical. But, that did not stop me from making blends with the iced tea packets. I made a Ginger Peach Lemonade, and a Pomegranate Berry Tea Blend. Both delish. Yet, my favorite to date is the Sangria I made using the Calypso Mango Iced Tea. It was a crowd pleaser and with the holidays around the corner this is a great cocktail alternative to the hard core stuff.
yield: 6 servings
1 Calypso Mango Tea Pouches™
1/2 lemon, quartered
1/2 juice orange, quartered
1/2 lime, quartered
1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
10 fresh raspberries
1/2 cup simple syrup
2 cups Rosé wine
fresh mint leaves for garnish
• make the simple syrup and let cool.
• steep the tea bag in 36 oz of boiling water. after 10 minutes, remove the tea bag.
• cut the citrus in half and then quarter one of the halves. squeeze the juice into a pitcher and then cut the rind into strips. throw the strips of rind into the pitcher.
• add the simple syrup.
• add the cooled tea, apples, raspberries, and wine. chill for a couple of hours.
• serve in glasses, spoon some fruit into the glasses, and garnish with mint leaves.
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So, you want to try some of these teas. The folks over at Mighty Leaf Tea are going to send one of my readers an Iced Tea Brew Kit and a Bodum Iced Tea Pitcher (a $60 value). You have until Sunday, November 13th, 12 midnight PST to enter this giveaway. Winner will be chosen via random.org and will have 3 days to respond or a new winner will be selected. Open to residents of the USA.
How to Enter
You can enter multiple times by leaving a separate comment for each of the following steps listed below:
• tell me what your favorite beverage is, hot or cold.
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* The Mighty Leaf Tea Company sent me their tea to try and is providing the prizes for this giveaway.