The Kentucky Derby is Saturday, May 5th. What are your plans? We are inviting all of Noah’s buddies over and going to bet on the horses. This means P-A-R-T-Y, which really means I have an excuse to make yummy drinks and great food! The Lipton Team has teamed up with Top Chef judge Gail Simmons to bring you these great recipes to use with Pure Leaf Iced Tea. They were kind enough to publish them on their Facebook Recipe’s Tab. I was so inspired by their recipes, I came up with one of my own!
- 3 ounces Pure Leaf Iced Tea With Lemon
- 1 ounce Vodka
- 2 dashes Worcestershire
- 1 ounce Bloody Mary Mix or Tomato juice
- Cayenne pepper
- Margarita salt
- Fresh Rosemary Sprig
- Mix margarita salt and cayenne pepper in a shallow dish.
- In a highball glass wet the rim with water and twist in the pepper/salt mix to salt the rim.
- Fill with ice and set aside.
- It a shaker combine all of the ingredients except the rosemary sprig.
- Shake well and garnish with the rosemary sprig.
I was sent three different varieties of Lipton Pure Leaf Tea: Sweet Tea, Lemon and Unsweetened in this nifty box that had real tea leaves in it. I was really impressed with the packaging as you can tell because I rarely show the way a product arrives. Once I started reading all of the info they sent along, I am very impressed! Did you know that Lipton uses PET plastic to make their bottles which is a lightweight plastic. This means Lipton can make more bottles with less plastic which means lighter loads and less fuel translating to a better carbon footprint. Pure Leaf wanted to help make a positive impact on our environment and even offers family packaging in a 59 once bottle so your whole family can enjoy the fresh Pure Leaf taste. Then to top it all off, they are Rainforest Alliance Certified. With all of the new packaging I think my favorite feature is that it is square. They made the bottles square instead of round for better pallet efficiency because everyone knows square fits together better than round.
In addition to great drink recipes, you can also find great food recipes to make with Lipton Pure Leaf Tea. The above pork chop recipe was adapted from the Tea Marinated Pork Chops.
TEA-MARINATED PORK CHOPS
Developed in collaboration with The Feisty Foodie
Servings: 4 Prep Time: 5 minutes Marinate Time: 1 hour Cook Time: 15 minutes
- 16 ounces Pure Leaf Unsweetened Black Tea, divided
- 4 boneless pork chops (about 3/4-inch thick)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons margarine or butter, divided
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (I used bread crumbs)
Pour 1 cup Pure Leaf™ Unsweetened Black Tea over pork chops in large resealable plastic bag. Close bag and marinate in refrigerator at least 1 hour.
Remove chops from marinade, discarding marinade. Season chops with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Melt 1 tablespoon margarine in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and brown chops. Remove chops; set aside.
Melt remaining 1 tablespoon margarine in same skillet, then stir in flour until blended. Slowly stir in remaining 1 cup Tea and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook, stirring frequently, 1 minute or until sauce is thickened. Reduce heat to low, then return chops to skillet. Cook, turning once, 3 minutes or until chops are done. Serve chops with sauce and garnish, if desired, with chopped parsley. (I used Rosemary and pickled red onions)
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Lipton Pure Leaf. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for participating