I don’t know what it is about a crisp glass of iced tea on a hot day, but as long as I can remember iced tea has been my favorite summer drink. Unfortunately, I developed a bit of a bad habit when it came to my tea. I was drinking more and more highly processed varieties and would always have a gallon of instant made, which was so sweet your mouth would pucker. I soon came to the realization if I was going to continue drinking iced tea; I needed to find a better option.
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Lipton Pure Leaf – Not Too Sweet
Pure Leaf is an all-natural real brewed iced tea, meaning there are no preservatives, just the perfect balance of aroma, body and flavor. Keeping with their theme of all-natural, fresh brewed teas Pure Leaf has introduced two new flavors just in time for summer. Not Too Sweet Peach Tea and Not Too Sweet Honey Green Tea. Both of these new “Not Too Sweet” varieties are of course, all-natural and do not contain any artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup or preservatives.
Not Too Sweet Peach Tea is an amazing balance of flavor between fresh brewed tea and fresh peaches. I was hooked at my first sip. This tea has such a delicate balance. Each sip was like I was biting into the juiciest peach in the world and then my taste buds were hit with that delicate note of tea. If you love peaches, I beg you to try this tea. It is A-MAZ-ING!
Not Too Sweet Honey Green Tea pairs the delicate flavors of green tea and honey into a light, refreshing iced tea. And making these flavors even more refreshing to me this summer is the fact they contain just 45 calories per 8oz serving.
Pure Leaf has recently partnered with the Food Network’s, Chopped host, Ted Allen, to help consumers find the perfect food and beverage pairings for any meal. While you keep an eye out for Ted Allen and his "Perfect Pairings" this summer, he invites you to make use of his top summer entertaining tips and try your own perfect pairings with Pure Leaf Tea.
Ted Allen’s Summer Entertaining Tips
Summertime is party time, and nothing says celebration like cocktails—and mocktails! A
splash of vodka (or not) in Pure Leaf Sweet Tea, along with some fresh cherries, an ounce of elderflower liqueur, and some fresh mint—or, if you’re adventuresome, fresh basil— makes for a great, refreshing, showy treat!
Pure Leaf Not Too Sweet flavors:
The clean, crisp refreshment of Pure Leaf Not Too Sweet is perfect for lightly seasoned, light fare like salads, shrimp, and other delicate foods—compliments them without overwhelming them.
Idea for Labor Day party:
It’s your last chance of the summer to wear white—so throw a White Party! Serve white beans, white asparagus, white Belgian beer, and be sure to tuck a napkin into your collar before eating.
Pairing with tea (a tip he’s sharing at a special pairings seminar at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen):
The delicate, refreshing flavor of tea pairs beautifully with almost any food. Think of its abilities to clean your palate of rich, sweet flavors, and to compliment more delicate ones. Offer a range of teas—sweet, unsweetened, not-too-sweet, peach—to give your guests choices, then serve with interesting garnishes (cherries, kiwi, blood orange, Meyer lemon, and a selection of herbs).
On Hosting Barbecue:
When you’re barbecuing, make it easier on yourself by prepping ahead with side dishes that don’t need to be heated: Bean salads, pasta salads, even a panzanella bread salad are easy to make ahead, and that frees you up to be the Grill Master.
My favorite pairing
Ted Allen’s tips for summer refreshments, along with his paring tips, inspired me to try a flavor pairing I wouldn’t normally choose. I mean, I would have never thought that black peppercorns would have a place with strawberries and peach, and again I would have been wrong! If you’re looking for an non-traditional cocktail or mocktail for your next gathering try this surprisingly complimentary pairing..
STRAWBERRY BLACK PEPPERCORN PEACH TEA
Prep Time: 5 minutes
- 2 tsp. *black peppercorns
- 6 strawberries
- 1 bottle Pure Leaf™ Not Too Sweet Peach Tea
- 1 cup chilled sparkling wine, optional
Crush peppercorns with wooden spoon in 1-quart glass measuring cup. Add strawberries and mash well; Stir in Pure Leaf™ Not Too Sweet Peach Tea. Strain and serve in ice-filled glasses. Garnish, if desired, with additional sliced strawberries.
*Substitution: Instead of peppercorns, simply add 1/8 teaspoon finely ground black pepper.
Pure Leaf Tea offers a taste for everyone to find our more about Pure Leaf Flavors and pairings visit the Pure Leaf Facebook page.