Fruit tea is delicious. If you have ever been to Nashville, you know that there are certain places you can get a special kind of fruit tea. It’s like a minty juice-tea hybrid, and it rules. As luck would have it, I ended up with ingredients in my house that I thought, if combined, would make a similarly delicious fruit tea. The results were pretty fab. Here it is:
Makes 2 cups of tea
1 Tazo® Zen Green Tea with Lemongrass and Spearmint K-Cup or Tea Bag (Having spearmint is an important part of the fruit tea equation)
Orange, Pineapple and Banana or Orange Pineapple Juice (I used Dole®)
2 spoonfuls of sugar (Also an important part of the equation, because well, it’s the South)
Brew tea either in your Keurig or 8 oz. of hot water. Brew in a 2-cup measuring cup.
Add 2 spoonfuls of sugar and stir until dissolved.
Add ice cubes until tea is at 1 ¾ cup line. Stir until ice cubes are mostly melted and tea is relatively cold.
My name is Lauren, and I am a coffee addict. I am actually okay with this. I love the aroma & flavor of a fresh cup of black coffee. In the early hours of the morning, there is nothing better than getting my hands on a piping hot cup of joe.
Many mornings I am a slave to the Starbuck drive though next to my house, but there is something truly satisfying about making my morning Americano with my own know-how & two hands. The below recipe makes two 16 oz containers – great for Monday mornings – when I need a double dose!
Earlier this year I did a 30 day smoothie challenge through Young and Raw. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t make it through the whole 30 days, but I did find some awesome recipes that I still continue to enjoy. The Raspberry & Ginger smoothie works for me because I keep most of the ingredients on hand. Also – this recipe is 4 year old & husband approved, which isn’t always the case at my house. 🙂
This smoothie is adapted from Young and Raw’s, Warming Blueberry & Ginger smoothie (also good).
*If you have a high-power blender (Vitamix or Blendtec) you should only have to blend for about 45-60 seconds. If you are using a standard blender (total fine), you will need to blend longer & may need to add some water.
The Paloma is quickly becoming known as the margarita alternative. But, in my opinion, the margarita should watch its back. The Paloma has a refreshing taste that can definitely hold its own. Personally, I have a connection with the grapefruit used in the recipe. My family is from Rio Grande Valley in south Texas. This area is one of the largest producers of grapefruit & my family resides amongst the grapefruit farms. Drinking grapefruit juice (or in this case, grapefruit soda) evokes memories of spending time at my grandparents house. Every time I taste it, I think of it as a tribute to my late grandfather, Alejandro, and I can’t help but smile.
2 oz (1/4 cup) reposado tequila
6 oz (3/4 cup) grapefruit soda (I used JOIA all natural soda)
Splash of fresh squeezed lime juice.
Pinch of course sea salt
Add all ingredients to a shaker.
Give it a quick shake
Serve over ice in a salted or unsalted glass with a lime.