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Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Couple Things to Get You Through the Heat

So I gotta tell ya, this NC heat is KILLING me, not just me, but my PLANTS too. I swear everyday when I pull in the driveway, I want to break out the sprinkler and revive my poor plants and grass. Unfortunately, if I did it RIGHT THEN our poor plants would just STEAM instead of enjoy the pure bliss of the cold bath water coming out the hose.
And by the time I remember later in the evening (I mean at 10pm about to go to bed) I'm in my pj's out in the yard trying to attempt some CPR on them. It works, but I do get laughed at by our neighbors out there in my nightie struggling with the darn hose. Can you see this?

Anyways... 
In an ATTEMPT to try and make it a little more bearable, here are a couple of my most beloved SUMMER drinks to keep you cool.

Mom's Iced Tea:

Here is the original recipe as follows:
  • 2 Large Family size tea bags (we use lipton, find it gives the best flavor without any bitterness)
  • Fill any medium size pot, tea kettle ect with about a gallon of water (the great thing about tea is if its too weak, let it steep longer.. and if its too strong, add a little more water).
  • Place the tea bags INTO the pot/kettle of water.
  • Place on the stove for a few minutes, just to get a good simmer.
  • DO NOT LET IT BOIL!
  • Boiling the tea destroys the integrity of the bags and they will burst .. and you get a pretty nasty flavor of burnt tea leaves. Eww.
  • Just before it boils, turn the heat off. Move the tea off the burner and let it sit. I like about 30 minutes to create a great flavor.
  • Pour tea (it will still be warm) into your pitcher with about a cup of sugar. Stir.
Enjoy the wine of the south ladies!

 
It truely is that easy. As long as I have been making tea I have heard over and over again how so many people are scared and intimidated by making tea.
During the summer months we like to add a little extra something to make our tea that much more yummy:
After we pour the tea off into the pitcher mom (or family member who happens to be standing there with nothing to do) will go up into the yard and get several sprigs of fresh mint leaves.
Just rinse them off and throw them into the pitcher along with a lemon wedge or two.
I can hear the ice clinking in my glass now.
Ahhh. How refreshing.

 
Peach Bellini
A perfect compliment and treat for a scorcher like right now!

 
What you'll need:
  • One bottle of cheap champagne
  • One can of peach nectar (you can find this in the mexican isle of your grocery)
  • One 12oz. bottle of Peach Schnapps

 
Thats it. Now, mix the trio together and put into a pitcher or bowl, whatever will fit in your freezer. Let it sit in there for at least 5 hours. I like to put mine in the night before. The mixture will not freeze because of the alcohol in it, but it will turn into our beloved slushy.
When you're ready, scoop or pour the mixture into decorative glasses or heck, Solo cups will do too! I like to have some munchies to go along with this drink. Its so good you can drink too much too fast and it can make you feel a little tipsy (just ask my sister!). Something I love is a block of cream cheese topped with a jar of red pepper jelly served with some yummy crackers! So delicioso!

*this post is inspired by my previous posts from last summer. You can check out the originals Here and Here.*

4 comments:

  1. Anonymous6/24/2010

    I have a friend coming next week - I think it's Peach Bellini time!! :) Amy

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  2. Amy! You MUST try the bellini. They are amazing, and just the thing to cool you off on the beach. I'm sure it's beautiful in Hawaii this time of year... heck, is it ever not?!?

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  3. Oh my, I LOVE a good bellini, and now I must try your recipe! :D

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  4. We've been blending up pina coladas around here for the last few weeks but that Peach Bellini is sounding pretty darn good. Maybe this weekend!

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