This post is inspired by a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Pure Leaf. Thanks to both for the product samples I received to facilitate my review and the promotional thank you item. As always, all thoughts and opinions are genuine and 100% my own.
Everyone in our family loves tea — we go through a LOT of it, especially during the summer months. Gallons and gallons of tea. Pure Leaf Tea is one of my personal favorites because the tea truly has a fresh-brewed taste that I enjoy. Plus, there are so many different teas to choose from. Pure Leaf Tea just introduced two new lower-sugar teas and I was lucky enough to have a few bottles sent over to sample. The “Not Too Sweet Peach Tea and Not Too Sweet Honey Green Tea have just the right amount of sweet taste without being sickeningly sweet. I want to be able to savor the tea flavor, not just taste sugar, and Pure Leaf tea allows me to do so! I’m loving both flavors!
I do still enjoy the other varieties of tea that Pure Leaf offers, they really do have something for everyone and the lineup includes favorites like Unsweetened Iced Tea, Sweetened Iced Tea, Extra Sweet Iced Tea, Iced tea with Raspberry, Iced tea with Peach and Iced Tea with Lemon.
Beginning with the freshest tea leaves from China, India, Africa and South America, the all -natural Pure Leaf Tea has no preservatives — just a smooth fresh brewed taste. Pure Leaf is proudly Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM because they source their tea sustainably. Using Pure Leaf Teas in our summer entertaining recipes is a no-brainer! Ted Allen, of Food Network’s Chopped, has partnered with Pure Leaf to showcase different unique food and beverage pairings for any meal. He also has some great tips for entertaining this summer! Check them out:
Ted Allen’s Summer Entertaining Tips
On summertime refreshments:
- 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!
On 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.
On hosting a 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.
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.
On 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 dinner parties:
- Nobody wants to hear themselves chewing at a dinner party, so don’t let “dead air” happen at yours! For a fun ambiance, the music must never stop. Develop a play list of elegant background music—no surprises like heavy metal or John Philip Sousa. My go-to is Chet Baker.
Great tips! Now, I also received several Pure Leaf tea Mocktail recipes to try out and I have got to say that they are amazing! So easy, so good and a great way to liven things up, whether you’re entertaining a table-full or just that special someone. My favorite is the Pure Leaf Peachy Ginger Tea Thyme Recipe. I have a big mound of german thyme in my garden so I knew this would be the perfect mocktail to whip up! Let me know what you think!
- 3 slices fresh Ginger, about ⅛-inch thick
- 2 sprigs fresh Thyme
- 1 bottle Pure Leaf Not Too Sweet Peach tea
- Extra ginger slices and thyme sprigs for garnish, optional
- Crush ginger and thyme with a wooden spoon in a 1-quart glass measuring cup.
- Stir in Pure Leaf Not Too Sweet Peach tea.
- Let set 1 minute for a stronger taste, or strain immediately.
- Strain and serve in ice-filled glasses.
- Garnish, if desired, with additional ginger and thyme.
For a cocktail version, add ¼ cup of bourbon whiskey. Yum!
Where to find and how to stay in touch!
Make sure to visit the Pure Leaf Facebook page for more summer entertaining recipes and tips from Ted Allen. There’s a fun Chopped Open Your Basket: Unsweetened Iced Tea Challenge video on the page right now featuring 4 chefs from around the country. They had to create a perfect pairing dessert using Pure Leaf tea! So cool.