Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Summer...Drink It In

I just got back from the Florida Keys and a stop at The Conch House in Key Largo. In fact, the food was so good, we ate there on the way down and again on the way out. They had killer ceviche, an incredible fish taco and the best key lime pie I've ever tasted.

What I am stealing from them for my own new fav is iced herb teas. They served Mighty Leaf tea blends in small French presses accompanied by two glasses filled with ice so you could pour it as strong as you'd like. Mine was the pink Hibiscus in the middle; delicious!

Hit that tea aisle in the grocery store this summer and brew a pot of your fav then pour it over ice. Don't forget to put a metal spoon in the ice to disperse the boiling hot tea if you use a glass pitcher or the glass can break.

Be bold and make your own blends from your herb garden. Steep mint leaves for a cool refreshing summer iced tea or lemon verbena leaves. Mix your favorite chamomile with some vanilla bean scrapings. Brew some Constant Comment tea bags and chill it for a crisp spicy orange iced tea. Go nuts! Permission granted. And you won't even have to stick your pinkie finger in the air as you drink. Ahh. Summer. It doesn't get much better than that.

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