Sunday, April 25, 2010

Time For Some Varie-Teas

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You  drink tea. You love tea. And when sipping that common tea drink which is steeped in hot water, or boiled with fresh tea leaves, you won't exchange it for anything else.

But sometimes, you would ask in your mind, 'Is there anything else I can do about this tea that I drink?'

The fact is, yes, there is. From one of the tea manufacturers itself, Lipton, they've come up with some new and exciting ways to prepare that tea that you love.

The fact remains. Tea prepared in the traditional method is one which is always a "simple, soothing cup of comfort" [1]. Who wouldn't love that?

And yet, while tea doesn't change, the generation of tea drinkers do. Needless to say, while preserving, we innovate!

Here are some recipes for tea that you may find quite experimental, yet satisfying.

Time For Some Varie-Teas!

Bavarian Wild Berry Fruit-Tea Pops -
Bavarian Wild Berry Fruit-Tea Pops   
Serves: 8   

Preparation Time: 10 minutes  

Freeze Time: 4 hours  

  •     2  cups boiling water
  •     4  Lipton Bavarian Wild Berry Pyramid Tea Bags
  •     1/2  cup sugar
  •     1  cup chopped strawberries
  1. Pour boiling water over tea bags; cover and brew 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze. Stir in sugar until dissolved; let cool slightly.
  2. Combine tea with strawberries in medium bowl. Evenly pour into 8 (4-ounce) paper cups (or popsicle molds). Freeze until almost firm, about 1 hour. Insert wooden ice pop sticks into centers; freeze until firm. To serve, press firmly on bottom of paper cup to remove.

    Lipton Black Tea, 312-Count Tea Bags
  1. For Island Mango & Peach Fruit-Tea Pops, use Lipton White Tea with Island Mango & Peach Flavors Pyramid Tea Bags and 1 cup chopped peaches.
  2. For Green Tea & Mandarin Orange Fruit-Tea Pops, use Lipton Green Tea with Mandarin Orange Flavor Pyramid Tea Bags and 1 cup blueberries.
  3. For Black Pearl Fruit-Tea Pops, use Lipton Black Pearl Black Pyramid Tea Bags and 1 cup mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries and/or strawberries).
  4. For Harvest Strawberry & Passionfruit-Tea Pops, use Lipton Red Tea with Harvest Strawberry & Passionfruit Flavor Pyramid Tea Bags.

Red Tea Harvest Strawberry Smoothie
Serves: 2

Preparation Time: 5 to 10 minutes

Chill Time: 1 hour

  •     1 cup boiling water
  •     3 Lipton Red Tea with Harvest Strawberry & Passionfruit Flavor
  •        Pyramid Tea Bags
  •     2 tablespoons sugar
  •     1 cup frozen strawberries
  •     1/2 cup strawberry frozen yogurt*
  •     1/2 cup ice cubes (about 3 to 4)
    Lipton Black Tea, Bavarian Wild Berry, Premium Pyramid Tea Bags, 20-Count Boxes (Pack of 6)
  1. Pour boiling water over tea bags; cover and brew 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze, then stir in sugar; chill.
  2. In blender, process tea, strawberries and yogurt. Add ice cubes, one at a time, and process until blended. Garnish, if desired, with whipped cream and strawberries. Serve immediately.
  3. *Substitution: Use regular strawberry yogurt.

Tropical Punch With Fruity Tea Ice Cubes
Serves: 8

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Chill Time: 2 hours

  •     4 cups boiling water
  •     12 Lipton Tuscan Lemon Flavored Black Pyramid Tea Bags
  •     1/2 cup sugar
  •     3 cups pineapple juice
  •     1 cup orange juice
  •     2 cups raspberries
    Lipton Black Tea, Loose, 1/2 pound Boxes (Pack of 6)
  1. Pour boiling water over tea bags; cover and brew 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze. Stir in sugar; chill.
  2. In large pitcher, combine 2 cups chilled tea with remaining ingredients; chill.
  3. Meanwhile, in 2 ice cube trays,* arrange 3 raspberries in each compartment. Pour remaining chilled tea over berries. Freeze 2 hours or until solid. To serve, pour punch into large pitcher or bowl. Add tea ice cubes. Serve immediately.
  1. *If you don't have ice cube trays, try using mini muffin pans or a 6-cup ring mold.

Black Pearl Hot 'n Spicy Chocolate Tea
Serves: 2

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

  •     1 cup fat free or 1% milk
  •     1 cup water
  •     2 Lipton Black Pearl Black Pyramid Tea Bags
  •     1 tablespoon sugar, or to taste
  •     1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •     1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  •     1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  •     1 teaspoon chocolate syrup
    Lipton Black Tea, 48-Count Gallon SizeTea Bags
  1. Bring milk and water just to a boil in 2-quart saucepan. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Cover and brew 1-1/2 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze, stir in remaining ingredients. Serve immediately. Garnish, if desired, with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Tea and a Healthy Lifestyle
Keeping your body hydrated can help maintain overall well-being. Unsweetened tea is an excellent beverage for hydration. This conclusion is based on the Healthy Beverage Guidelines that were created by a panel of independent scientists under an unrestricted grant from Unilever. Tea may help maintain a healthy lifestyle -- for example, drinking 2 to 3 cups of tea throughout the day, as part of a healthy diet, may help maintain healthy vascular function. Find out more at

Lipton Green Tea Bags, Superfruit Purple Acai with Blueberry, 20-Count, Boxes (Pack of 6)Source article is below:
[1] A Refreshing Take on Tea

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