Pure Leaf Tea

Asian Spicy Cucumber Honey Green Tea
Recipe type: beverage
  • 10 slices cucumber (about ¼-inch thick)
  • 2 slices lime (about ¼-inch thick)
  • Pinch ground red pepper
  • 1 bottle Pure Leaf™ Not Too Sweet Honey Green Tea
  1. Crush cucumber, lime and red pepper with wooden spoon in 1-quart glass measuring cup.
  2. Stir in Pure Leaf™ Not Too Sweet Honey Green Tea.
  3. Strain and serve in ice-filled glasses.
  4. Garnish, if desired, with additional cucumber and lime.
  5. For a cocktail version, simply add ¼ cup vodka.

Doesn’t this Asian Spicy Cucumber Honey Green Tea just scream Summer? Since we are smack dab in the middle of the season, I thought I would share a few tips from Ted Allen…

The clean, crisp refreshment of Pure Leaf Not Too Sweet is the perfect pairing for lightly seasoned, light fare like salads, shrimp, and other delicate foods—complements them without overwhelming them.

I love using Pure Leaf in refreshing cocktails as well. It perfectly complements the alcohol!

When you’re barbecuing, make it easier on yourself by prepping ahead with side dishes that don’t need to be heated: Bean salads, pasta salads, even a panzanella bread salad are easy to make ahead, and that frees you up to be the Grill Master.

The man in my house does the grill, while I prep! (not cause I am chauvinistic, but because it is dang hot!) We make a great team!

The delicate, refreshing flavor of tea pairs beautifully with almost any food. Think of its abilities to clean your palate of rich, sweet flavors, and to compliment more delicate ones. Offer a range of teas—sweet, unsweetened, not-too-sweet, peach—to give your guests choices, then serve with interesting garnishes (cherries, kiwi, blood orange, Meyer lemon, and a selection of herbs).

Always something for everyone! This holds true with Pure Leaf tea.

Nobody wants to hear themselves chewing at a dinner party, so don’t let “dead air” happen at yours! For a fun ambience, the music must never stop. Develop a playlist of elegant background music—no surprises like heavy metal or John Philip Sousa. My go-to is Chet Baker.

I do not think I have ever had dinner, much less a dinner party in silence! We are usually too busy yapping for that! Thanks for the great tips Ted!