Summertime is the right time for (anything but) soda

Alright, but it has to be something cool and refreshing that involves a big glass with lots and lots of ice.

What about iced tea then, America’s favorite? I like blending different herbs, fruits and teas together just to experience new flavors. Pineapple Sage Herb Farm (one of our Market vendors) sells amazing blends of tea. We like to add fresh strawberries to their Ginger Lemon Tea. A few ice cubes and a sprig of mint and voila! The perfect way to shut out the heat and humidity.

Try these other blends from Pineapple Sage: Licorice Mint, Hibiscus (paired with lemon balm leaves or lavender) and Blue Eyes, a very special tea combining hibiscus, rose hips and citrus. So refreshing. Add to mineral water for a very different sensation.

And if you need more inspiration for these ‘dog’ days of August, try some additional ideas from Real Food Media to soothe a parched throat without resorting to the too sugary/too expensive option of soda.

ROSEMARY BLACKBERRY SPRITZERSRosemary Blackberry Spritzers

Serves 3
INGREDIENTS
  1. 3 cups seltzer water
  2. 1 lime
  3. 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  4. 1 cup blackberries (½ cup fresh, ½ cup frozen)
  5. 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a bowl, combine seltzer water, the juice of 1 lime, and maple syrup
  2. Mash ½ cup of fresh blackberries in a cup
  3. Then add the blackberry mash to a large jar, along with the seltzer water mix, and rosemary sprigs. Make sure to bruise some of the rosemary stems to release the flavors.
  4. When ready to serve, pour into glasses and top with frozen blackberries. Garnish with rosemary.

Click below to find more thirst-quenching ideas you can sip while you listen to the Real Food Media book of the month interview with Marion Nestle. Salut!

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