Now that I’ve got your attention, I can tell you that Mario and Scott certainly had mine! I had the chance to do a live Skype call with these two great spokespeople sharing their new favorite Lipton Ice Tea summer drink stories. It’s always great to hear when celebrity spokespeople can make a sensible connection with a brand. Mario shared his childhood stories about growing up in San Diego and how Lipton Ice Tea was his Mother’s staple ‘go to’ thirst quenching drink. Scott, NYC mixologist, took an already delicious product, and made it into a cocktail that could be served with or sans alcohol. I couldn’t resist teasing Scott when he referred to his ‘adult version’ as the ‘naughty version’.
Regardless of which version you gravitate towards, naughty or nice, these are three delicious summer mocktail or cocktail recipes. (Don’t think I was oblivious to the fact that I kept you waiting for weeks while I jotted these recipes down and developed one of my own. Three recipes should make up for my recent bought of blog-less-ness. And I have some great Lipton products to share. Leave me a comment on this blog post and one winner will be randomly selected next week.)
Mint Tea Julep
2 sprigs fresh mint
1 bottle of Lipton Diet Green Tea with Citrus
Add 2/3 cups fresh squeezed orange juice
1- 1/2 oz bourbon/
Stir and pour in glass. Garnish with mint and serve.
White Citrus Sangria
1 bottle Lipton Diet Green Tea with Citrus
1 3/4 cup white grape juice
1/4 cup orange juice
1 lemon, sliced
1 lime, sliced
Pour into a carafe, stir and serve.
Scott’s recommended food pairings for this breeze and fresh drink. Caprese salads, crostini, fruit salad.
EXCLUSIVE BOWL LICKER RECIPE
Mango Peach Hum Dinger
Mango Peach Hum Dinger
2 1/2 oz white rum
1/2 oz Hum or grenadine syrup
4 oz orange juice
1 cup Mango Peach Ice Tea, chilled
4 thin peach slices, garnish
7 Up, float
In a cocktail shaker, pour rum over ice, then add Hum, orange juice, and Mango Peach Ice Tea. Add three peach slices into the glass, using last slice as garnish on the cup. Top off with 7 Up, stir and enjoy. Then make another for your guest with the remaining provisions.
For a kid friendly version, omit the rum and Hum.
The kid friendly version pictured only has only two ingredients — 7 Up and Lipton’s Mango Peach Ice Tea.
Winobee‘s Stacy DeFino takes a moment to pose for me with Mario and Scott.