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I am all about easy Thanksgiving entertaining, and this year my theme is “Be Thankful.” Since my family lives out of state, I usually spend Thanksgiving with friends. I’ve put together some delicious fall recipes and free printables for a casual get together with my friends, and I can’t wait to celebrate!
Happy Labor Day to all my U.S. friends! I hope you have a fun and relaxing day planned.
Yesterday was so hot. I wasn’t expecting it, and my husband and I made plans to go to Governors Island. It’s one of my favorite places, but we spent the entire afternoon outside. The trip was super fun/miserable. Let’s just say that I couldn’t wait to crank up the A/C when we arrived home.
Hot, humid weather always makes me crave a cool drink. Iced tea is my favorite, and it’s even better mixed with something fruity. So when I bought some sweet, juicy peaches recently, I did a little experimenting and created this Mint Peach Green Tea Cooler.
I’m a huge green tea drinker, whether it’s iced in summer and hot in winter. It’s full of healthy antioxidants and even contains a natural chemical called theanine that provides a calming effect. On the flip side, I know that some people find green tea bitter and grassy-tasting. If that sounds like you, then you have to try this cooler!
It’s made with freshly brewed green tea that’s cooled off quickly with an easy trick (no refrigeration needed). Sweet peaches are blended with a bit of sugar – add more or less depending on your taste and the peaches’ sweetness – and then added to the tea. Mint adds fragrant finishing touch.
I made my tea in individual glasses, but feel free to make a big batch. Just remember to use a heat proof pitcher (ask me how I know that!).
Treat yourself to a glass of this fruity and refreshing Mint Peach Green Tea Cooler while we still have a little summer left!
- 8 bags green tea
- Small bunch mint
- 2 large peaches
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 4 tall, heat proof glasses
- Ice cubes
- Bring a pot of water to a boil.
- Place 2 tea bags, plus a sprig of mint in each glass.
- Fill glasses 1/3 full with boiling water and let tea steep for 5 minutes.
- While the tea is steeping, cut one of the peaches into large chunks.
- Place peaches and sugar in the blender and puree until smooth.
- After tea has steeped, remove tea bags and mint.
- Add two ice cubes to each glass and stir vigorously until melted.
- To each glass, add 3 tbsp. peach puree and stir until combined.
- Fill each glass to top with ice.
- Cut remaining peach into 12 wedges.
- Add two wedges to each glass.
- Garnish each glass with a peach wedge and a sprig of mint.
- Serve immediately.
What’s your favorite hot weather drink?
P.S. There’s still time to shop Labor Day deals at Nordstrom, Target, Lulu & Georgia, and more!
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One of my favorite classic drinks is the Old-Fashioned. I grew up in Wisconsin, where the Old-Fashioned is the unofficial state drink. It’s pretty much all my mom ever ordered, and our house always had a bottle of Canadian Club at the ready.
I tend to associate the Old-Fashioned with winter and old school Wisconsin wood-paneled bars, so a hot, humid summer doesn’t seem like the best time to enjoy one. When I happened to have some whiskey on hand recently, though, I I decided to do a little experimenting.
That’s how I came up with this Cherry Smash Cocktail.
My husband Joel’s best friend moved to London when they were teens. These two guys share a very unique sense of humor and are pretty much joined at the hip (still), so it was a little traumatic for them. Luckily, my husband was able to spend the whole summer in England visiting his friend. Doesn’t that sound like the best summer ever?
One of the things he was introduced to in England was the shandy, which is a beer combined with soda or carbonated lemonade. Shandies are low in alcohol, can be purchased ready-made, and are commonly served to kids. Joel served me the drink years later, and it was love at first sip.
Now I don’t recommend serving this to children here in the U.S., but if you are looking for a refreshing summer drink, then you’ve got to try my Lemonade Shandy!
Shandies traditionally combine beer with a carbonated beverage, but I like to use homemade lemonade. The result is a fresh-tasting, lemony, low-alcohol cocktail that I could drink all day long. Give it a try! I think you’ll love it, too.
- 6 12 oz. bottles or cans of beer, refrigerated
- 4 lemons, plus additional for garnish
- 3/4 cup sugar
- Combine sugar with 6 cups of very warm water (from the faucet is fine) in a large pitcher.
- Stir until sugar is dissolved.
- Cut lemons in half and juice them. Add juice to the pitcher and stir well.
- Thinly slice the peel from one of the lemons
- Add peel to the lemonade and stir.
- Fill a tall glass with ice.
- Add enough lemonade to fill half the glass.
- Top lemonade off with beer.
- Garnish with a slice of lemon, if desired. Enjoy!
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