When the temperature rises nothing cools me down like a refreshing glass of Iced Tea. I live in the south and we take our sweet tea very seriously. I grew up in New York and drank powdered, instant tea but that changed quickly when I moved to Georgia. It seems every proper Southern Belle has a recipe for Sweet Tea and if you’re polite she just might share it with you. I’ve got a secret for my gentile friends! I’ve been quenching my thirst with two new flavors of all natural Pure Leaf. They’re such a time saver!
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Pure Leaf. I received Pure Leaf product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
I was Blessed to receive an assortment of Pure Leaf Tea for review including their new Not Too Sweet varieties!
I’m a huge fan of sweet tea but I’m not head over heals in love with the calories each glass of real sweet tea holds. Pure Leaf recently introduced two lighter versions of their real brewed tea. Not Too Sweet Peach Tea and Not Too Sweet Honey Green Tea are made with all natural ingredients and don’t contain any artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup or preservatives. Because they’re made with just the right amount of real sugar Not Too Sweet Peach Tea and Honey Sweet Tea are just sweet enough and don’t have a bitter aftertaste.
I could guzzle Not Too Sweet Peach Tea from sunrise to sunset; it’s the perfect blend of real brewed tea sweet juicy peaches! Hubby prefers the Not Too Sweet Honey Green Tea. That doesn’t surprise me. He likes the delicate flavor of green tea paired with pure sweet honey. Both of these lower-sugar sweet teas contain just 45 calories per 8 oz. serving. Not only that lightweight Pure Leaf bottles are made from PET plastic which provides high pallet efficiency and that means a lower carbon footprint! I’m indulging in delicious, refreshing Pure Leaf Not Too Sweet Tea absolutely guilt-free.
My Favorite Foods and Pure Leaf – The Perfect Pairings
Pure Leaf has partnered with Food Network’s cleaver wielding Chopped host and star Ted Allen to find the perfect food and drink pairings for any meals or events. “With a fresh-brewed taste and many flavors to choose from, Pure Leaf is so easy to pair as a beverage accompaniment or even as an ingredient,” says Ted Allen, host of Food Network’s Chopped. “I’m looking forward to hitting the road with Pure Leaf to share some unique and delicious pairing tips.”
You don’t need a Party Planner! Check out these Summer Entertaining Tips from Ted Allen
- Summertime is party time, and nothing says celebration like cocktails & 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!
- 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). Clean, crisp, refreshing Pure Leaf Not Too Sweet is perfect for lightly seasoned, light fare like salads, shrimp, and other delicate foods – compliments them without overwhelming them.
- Hosting a barbecue? 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 tip of all! – Host a 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. I’d serve fresh white peaches and white wine too, why not!
Who knew that Minted Melon Iced Honey Green Tea was the perfect pairing with Grilled Tofu, Gouda Mac ‘N Cheese or adding spices like ginger, thyme and even peppercorns to cocktails and mocktails was a great way to add depth of flavor to your favorite drinks? For more pairing tips, food and drink recipes from Food Network’s Ted Allen and Pure Leaf Tea Master John Cheetham please visit Pure Leaf Iced Tea and click on the Spin and Savor tab.
Strawberry Black Peppercorn Peach Iced Tea
Pure Leaf’s full-bodied, real brewed tea is an ideal ingredient in drink recipes. The original recipe is delicious but for a spicy frozen cooler try this: Combine mixture of pink and Tellicherry peppercorns, frozen strawberries and tea in blender and whirl to combine. Serve and enjoy!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
- 2 tsp. black peppercorns
- 6 strawberries
- 1 bottle Pure Leaf™ Not Too Sweet Peach Tea
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. Tips: Instead of peppercorns, simply add 1/8 teaspoon finely ground black pepper. For a cocktail version, add 1 cup chilled sparkling wine after straining.
Pure Leaf, including the Not Too Sweet line is available in 18.5 oz. single-serve bottles for a suggested retail price of about $1.79 and a 59 oz. family size carafe which retails for approximately $2.69.
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Pure Leaf. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”