Iced Tea Recipes

Enjoy the summer weather with these refreshing iced tea recipes!

One of my favorite things is sitting in my backyard and enjoying a refreshing summer drink. We have found some great new iced tea recipes for you to try with your friends and family on the back patio or your front porch this summer..

This yummy apricot iced tea makes a delicious summer drinkApricot Iced Tea

Ingredients

  • 8 black tea bags
  • 6 cups of boiling water
  • 1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves
  • 3 cans of apricot nectar (11-12 oz. each)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh apricot wedges (optional)
  • Fresh mint sprigs (optional)

Directions:

In a large heatproof pitcher, combine the tea bags, boiling water, and the 1/2 cup of mint leaves. Let this steep for 5 minutes. Remove and discard the teabags and mint. Cover the tea and let it stand for one hour. Then stir in the apricot nectar and vanilla. Cover and chill for 4-48 hours.

To serve, fill tall glasses with ice cubes. Pour in the tea. For an extra touch, garnish with either apricot wedges or mint sprigs. Yum!



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green tea and red berries mix perfectly in this delicious summer iced tea recipeSparkling Red and Green Tea

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups boiling water
  • 4 Green tea bags
  • 12 oz. can of frozen juice concentrate
  • Sparkling water of club soda
  • Fresh berries (optional)
  • Lemon wedges (optional)

Directions: 

Bring 2 cups water to boiling. Steep 4 individual-size green tea bags in boiling water according to tea package directions. Remove and discard tea bags. Stir a 12-ounce can of frozen juice concentrate (such as cranberry-raspberry or apple-cherry) into tea mixture. Cover and chill mixture until serving time. To serve, fill a tall ice filled glass 1/4 full with the tea mixture. Top with chilled sparkling water or club soda. Garnish with a few fresh berries and lemon wedge. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

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How to make a delicious cranberry ginseng iced tea

            Cranberry Ginseng Iced Tea

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 green tea bags
  • 2 ginseng tea bags
  • 1 mint tea bag
  • 2 cups cranberry juice cocktail, chilled
  • 1 cup carbonated water, chilled
  • Edible flowers, such as nasturtiums or pansies

Directions:

1. In a small saucepan bring 2 cups of water to boiling. Remove from heat. Add green, ginseng, and mint tea bags. Cover; let steep 10 minutes. Remove tea bags.
2. Cool at room temperature, covered, for 2 hours.
3. Transfer to a pitcher; add cranberry juice and carbonated water. Sprinkle with edible flowers. Serve over ice cubes. Store remaining tea, covered, in refrigerator up to 2 days. Makes 5 or 6 servings.

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Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Cinco de Mayo recipes

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by gathering your amigos for some great Mexican food and drinks. Here are a few easy and delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes for appetizers and margaritas with a twist!




Cheryl’s Awesome Guacamole

Of all the guacamole recipes I’ve tried, this one is definitely one of the best.

Combine:

  • 4 large avocados
  • 2-1 cloves of garlic
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 bunch of chopped cilantro
  • ½ -1 finely chopped serrano or jalepeno pepper (depending on how hot you like it)
  • 2 diced roma tomatoes
  • the juice of 1½ limes
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • cotija cheese (to garnish)

Smash avocado with a fork, mix in other ingrediants, squeeze fresh lime juice liberally, salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle cheese on top to serve.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Ingredients :

  • ½ of a small onion
  • ¼ cup of cilantro leaves or parsley
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 pound of diced ripe tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt

Instructions:
Finely chop one half of a small onion. Mince ¼ cup of cilantro leaves or parsley. In a mixing bowl, combine the onion, cilantro or parsley, 1 minced garlic clove, 1 pound of diced ripe tomatoes, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Makes 2 ½cups.

Jose Cuervo Pomegranate Margaritas

(from the Jose Cuervo website)

  • 1.5 oz Jose Cuervo Especial Gold Tequila
  • 3 oz Jose Cuervo Lime Margarita Mix
  • 2 oz Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 Lime Wedge
  • 1 tbsp. Coarse Salt or Sugar (optional)

Directions:
Combine tequila, margarita mix, and pomegranate juice in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled Margarita glass. Rim glass with salt or sugar if desired. Garnish with lime wedge. **Tip: Use red sugar on the rim of your glass for an extra festive Margarita.

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Fun St. Patrick’s Day Recipes for Kids

Love the magic of St. Patrick’s Day? Try these fun and easy recipes for Magical Shamrock Potion and Rainbow Toast.

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From the time our girls were very tiny, our family has always enjoyed creating a wee bit o’ magic on St. Patrick’s Day. Whether we have made leprechaun catchers, hunted for gold coins, or turned our milk and eggs green, we always try to do a little something special to celebrate our Irish roots on St. Patrick’s Day. Here are two great recipes that the kids originally brought home from their pre-school classes. They are tried and true St. Paddy’s Day favorites for kids of any age!

Magical Shamrock Potion

You will need:

  • Frozen lemonade concentrate
  • Lime sherbet
  • Lime flavored seltzer water
  • Lucky Charms cereal (for those adorable little magic marshmallows)
  • Colored sprinkles
  • Glass or clear plastic cups

Directions:

  1. Add a heaping teaspoon of lemonade concentrate to your cup.
  2. Add a full scoop of lime sherbet.
  3. Add the lime seltzer water and stir.
  4. Top with the marshmallows and sprinkles.
  5. Drink up for some St. Paddy’s Day luck!

Rainbow Toast

You will need:

  • 5-6 plastic cups
  • 5-6 different colors of food dye
  • Milk
  • Bread
  • A sanitized paintbrush

Directions:

  1. Fill each cup with about 1/4 cup of milk.
  2. Add enough food coloring (one color per cup) to each cup to get your desired level of each color.
  3. Place bread on a plate and use a clean paintbrush to create a colorful pattern of milk dye on your bread (try not to oversaturate the bread).
  4. Toast bread in a toaster or on a cookie sheet in the oven.
  5. You might add some cinnamon or sugar sprinkles to your bread once it is toasted for an extra sweet treat!

Have an amazing St. Patrick’s Day!

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A Mardi Gras Menu

Mardi Gras recipes

Are you ready?  Tuesday, February 28th,  is Mardi Gras!
While we might not all be lucky enough to get down to New Orleans for some Carnival fun, we can eat like we’re there. Here are a few of our favorite Lousiana foods with links to their recipes so you can create your own Mardi Gras menu.

Mardi Gras Menu Ideas

  • Shrimp CreoleClick here to get Paula Deen’s yummy version of this classic dish.
  • Jambalaya — Emeril Lagasse is probably one of Louisiana’s most famous chefs. Click here for his jambalaya recipe.
  • Seafood Gumbo — Gumbo has been called the greatest contribution of Louisiana kitchens to American cuisine. When the first French settlers came to Louisiana, they brought their love for bouillabaisse, a highly seasoned fish stew. Having none of the usual ingredients necessary to make a typical French bouillabaisse, they substituted local ingredients. After about a century, with the Spanish, Africans, and Natives of the region offering their contributions of food, the stew was no longer recognizable as bouillabaisse and became gumbo. What started out as second best became better than the original. Click here.
  • Red Beans and Rice — This recipe is called red beans and rice, but it also has sausage and makes a great main course. Click here.
  • Po’ Boy Sandwiches — Fried shrimp on crusty french bread. Yum! Click here.
  • hurricane mixed drink for a Mardi Gras menuHurricanes — The Hurricane became popular at Pat O’Briens bar in 1940’s New Orleans, apparently debuted at the 1939 World’s Fair and was named after the hurricane lamp-shaped glasses the first drinks were served in. It’s said that O’Brien created the heavily rummed drink as a means to get rid of the large stock of rum his Southern distributors forced him to buy.  Click here.
  • King Cake — The King Cake is a New Orleans tradition that involves a pastry, a small plastic baby, and a party. The King Cake is baked with a small plastic baby hidden inside, the person who gets the slice with baby in it has to host the next party. Click here.

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Have a super Mardi Gras!