.Have you tried all of the Lipton Tea and Honey varieties? They come in premeasured single-serve (to go), or pitcher-sized packets. I am typically not a sweet tea person, but these are actually SOOOO good for making DELISH alcohol-free hot toddies — mock toddies. And here’s a secret that surprised even me. As much as I am not a sweet tea person, I am even less of a GREEN tea person. I just can’t take it. I like my tea black and unsweetened. But, shocking as it sounds, I cannot get enough of Lipton’s Blackberry Pomegranate Green Tea. I know, I’m reeling from the shock of it, too. 🙂 There’s just no way around it. Iced, or hot in a toddy, it’s the bomb!
Lipton To Go Packets come 10 to a box and in six different flavor combinations: Black Currant Raspberry Black Tea, Lemon Iced Black Tea, Peach Apricot Black Tea, Mango Pineapple Green Tea, Blackberry Pomegranate Green Tea, and Strawberry Acai Decaf Green Tea. The Pitcher Packets make a quart at a time, come 6 packets to a box and are available in four flavors: Lemon Iced Black Tea, Peach Apricot Black Tea, Mango Pineapple Green Tea and Blackberry Pomegranate Green Tea. Each flavor is sweetened with honey and there are only 5 calories in an 8 oz. serving of these flavorful teas. They are great, as they are, or used as an ingredient in a recipe.
My challenge with this new product was to create a recipe for a Tea and Honey “mocktail”. That SO works for me, since we don’t usually keep alcohol around the house. I love the idea of special drinks, in beautiful glassware, rimmed with sugar or salt or fruit! They’re so festive and perfect for holiday celebrations. But, now that cooler weather has set in, here, the cocktail that comes to mind is a hot toddy – also perfect for holiday celebrations, but equally as welcome watching a ball game, sitting around a fire or curled up with a blanket in your favorite chair. Toddies are soothing for sore throats and their warmth encourages sleep, even without the alcohol, so they’re perfect for relieving the symptoms of a nagging cold. There are so many variations in toddy recipes and it seems that everybody’s Grandma had a secret formula, but there are a few things that tend to be consistent – tea or water, some sort of citrus, honey, warm spices and alcohol (usually brandy). Whether you make a single serving, or large entire pitcher, the sense of home, warmth and comfort will wrap around anyone you serve it to.
For my “mocktail” I wanted to have a distinct, rich, fruitiness that you would normally get from a good peach brandy, without actually adding alcohol, creating warmth through the aroma of cinnamon, and maybe even cloves. I would also need honey. The tea I selected solved both the fruitiness and honey ingredients. I chose the deep, rich flavor of Lipton’s Blackberry Pomegranate Black Tea “To Go” Packets. I opted for orange as the citrus and since I didn’t have whole cloves on hand, used only cinnamon sticks as my spice. NOTE: You could use ground spices in this recipe, if you want, however, you will want to strain the finished drink through a cheesecloth before serving, since they don’t dissolve into the beverage, well, and will rise, leaving a thick layer of spice at the top of the pitcher or glass. Steeping the tea with the whole spices and then removing them before serving, provides the flavor and fragrance, without the extra work.
- 2 "To Go" (single serving) packets Lipton Tea & Honey Blackberry Pomegranate Green Tea
- 4 cups water
- 1 orange
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Mix the tea and water in a one quart canning jar.
- Cut the orange into thick slices. Cut one slice in half and add both halves to the canning jar.
- Add the cinnamon stick to the jar.
- Heat in the microwave, on full power, for 3-4 minutes.
- Pour your warm, delicious Blackberry Pomegranate mock toddies into mugs and garnish with remaining orange slices and a cinnamon stick, if desired. Serve.
I found Lipton Tea & Honey packets at our local Walmart, in the tea and coffee aisle. You can see my entire shopping trip by viewing my Google+ album. You can also learn more about Lipton’s new Tea & Honey varieties by following them on Twitter and liking them on Facebook. You’ll want to keep up-to-date on any specials, coupons or new recipes they post there. With the holidays just around the corner, the possibilities for some delicious “mocktails”, for your own parties, are only limited by your imagination!
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