Pure Leaf Iced Tea – Real Brewed & All-Natural!

by Mama Chocolate on July 6, 2013

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.

Pure Leaf has recently added two new “Not Too Sweet” varieties to their line of delicious, all-natural, real brewed iced teas. Not Too Sweet Peach Tea and Not to Sweet Honey Green Tea have lower sugar content, and best of all…no chemical garbage added to compensate for it!

When it comes to drinks, I honestly don’t enjoy overwhelming sweetness – I like to enjoy the flavor, so the light, complementary sweetness of Pure Leaf’s new teas is perfect for me.

My husband, (heretofore referred to as “Bearded Man”) does like his tea to be sweet, and is a big fan of good ol’ fashioned southern sweet tea. He loved the Pure Leaf Sweet Tea, and I am pretty happy to have found a quick and easy, (but chemical-free) option for those times when I’m too lazy busy to make a batch of homemade sweet tea for him. Easy good-wifey points for me!

Pure Leaf teas are great straight from the bottle, but you can fancy them up for an extra-special summer drink, or even for a summer evening cocktail!

Peachy-Ginger Tea Thyme

2 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

  • 3 slices fresh ginger, about 1/8-inch thick
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bottle Pure Leaf™ Not Too Sweet Peach Tea

Crush ginger and thyme with wooden spoon in 1- quart glass measuring cup. Stir in Pure Leaf™ Not Too Sweet Peach Tea. Strain and serve in ice-filled glasses.
Garnish, if desired, with additional ginger and thyme.

For a pitcher, simple double the recipe.

For a cocktail version, simply add 1/4 cup bourbon whiskey.

 

Pure Leaf has partnered with Ted Allen of Chopped to showcase different unique food and beverage pairings for any meal. Here are some of his tips for summer entertaining!

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, and 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.

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.

Pairing with Tea

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.)

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 playlist of elegant background music – no surprises like heavy metal of John Philip Sousa. My go-to is Chet Baker.

Pure Leaf Tea is a great way to sweeten up your summer! Check out their Facebook page for updates, more information and coupons!




{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Skye Moyer July 8, 2013 at 4:57 pm

This is Nates VERY favorite tea!! He loves the extra extra sweet one!
Have you guys tried that one?

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Courtney @ Joy Of Momma Joyner July 8, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Mmmm! These sound delish! I like the recipe for the Peachy-Ginger Tea Thyme! I might have to try that! Thanks for sharing! I’ll give these a try next time I’m at the store! :)
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Mama Chocolate July 8, 2013 at 5:06 pm

I didn’t have any fresh thyme on hand, but I added some crushed ginger according to that recipe, and it was delicious! Added a mild but refreshing spiciness to it!

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Danielle @ We Have It All July 8, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Now who’s that sexy man you have there?!? LOL :) Anyway, I’ve never head of this brand, I wonder if my hubby has. I think he would like this. Thanks for sharing.

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Nicole @ Some Call It Natural July 12, 2013 at 11:43 am

I have seen this brand in the store, but never tried it. I am adding it to my ‘to try’ list! :)
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