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Summer Entertaining & Pure Leaf Iced Tea Smoothies

Summer is my favorite season, and in addition to the glorious sun and beautiful weather, entertaining family and friends is a big part of what makes me love it so much. My favorite summertime treats? Grilled foods, sweet fruits, and iced tea!

I recently discovered Pure Leaf Iced Tea, an all natural iced tea that is absolutely delicious. It’s available with lemon, sweetened and unsweetened, and they all taste great (especially the lemon iced tea). I usually drink a tall glass of sweet iced tea while I relax outdoors, eating strawberries and watching my son run around.

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Tips for Summer Entertaining

* Enjoy the outdoors. What is the point of summertime if not to relish in the warm weather and gentle summer breezes? Take your entertaining outdoors for some fresh air fun.

* Make sure everyone is comfortable. Along with the hot weather and sun can come bugs (blech!) and sunburns, so don’t let your guests suffer. Use citronella candles or other safe insect repellant, as well as a canopy for some shade.

* Offer delicious snacks and foods, of course! In season fruits are delicious, not to mention very healthy. Grilled meats and veggies are awesome, and a sweet beverage like iced tea is refreshing. You can combine sweet summer fruits and iced tea to make a yummy fruit smoothie, like this one with Pure Leaf Iced Tea:

A Fruit-“Tea” Smoothie Recipe

(Serves 4)


16 ounces Pure Leaf Iced Tea with Lemon, chilled
2 cups frozen strawberries
1 cup vanilla ice cream

In blender, process all ingredients until smooth. Serve immediately in tall glasses.

strawberry ice cream smoothie recipe

Pure Leaf is dedicated to the environment, so changed from round-bottom glass bottles to square-bottom, 100% recyclable PET plastic bottles that are packaged more efficiently, to reduce the overall burden on the various factors that affect the environment. It’s also all natural, with ingredients that make me feel at ease giving to my family and friends. Everyone in my family enjoyed it.

To find great tea recipes by Top Chef judge Gail Simmons (including tea marinated pork chops and tea egg drop soup!) visit the Pure Leaf Facebook recipe tab. You can create your own recipes with these tasty iced teas as well, or enjoy them on their own. Find Pure Leaf on Facebook.

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.

  • The fruit/tea smoothie sounds delish. This is my hubby’s favorite tea!

  • Oh Penelope you just had to kick it up a notch with the ice cream :). What a nice cool summer treat.

  • I don’t think I’ve ever tried this brand of tea. That smoothie looks yummy!

  • Donna

    I don’t like iced tea, but I think I might like it in a smoothie. I’ll have to give it a try!

  • Stefani

    I love smoothies but never thought about using tea. Great idea!

  • A tea smoothie sounds delish!

  • I wish I could learn to like tea…but ice cream and strawberries – heck ya1

  • I sure like the idea of using the tea in a smoothie! It looks super refreshing. I also like that they’ve thought a lot about their packaging.

  • Stefanie

    I never thought to make an iced tea smoothie.

  • I don’t think there’s anything more refreshing than cold iced tea – yum!

  • I’m very interested in trying their sweetened tea

  • You had me at natural! The smoothie is so creative, I’m sure the tea adds a great flavor.

  • Billie

    The fruit and tea smoothie sounds very good, I love iced tea especially with lemon or lemonade in it.

  • Amanda

    That smoothie looks amazing!

  • Do they have decaf? I would love to try this.

  • Jenn

    I love pure leaf tea but I hadn’t thought to make anything special with it. Great idea!

  • Cathy

    Hi Penelope
    What a wonderful pics of fruit tea smoothie you have here.
    Perhaps you’re interested to submit your food photos on a food photography site that has tagline “Food Photography that will make you hungry” 🙂
    It’s free to submit, free to join, and a lot of members can enjoy your creation!

  • I love their tea. I tried a tea smoothie about a month ago or so – it was really good!

  • April Decheine

    That looks so good! I will have to check out their recipes.

  • Yum! Never would have thought of using it in a smoothie, but it sounds delicious.

  • Maggie

    might make this tonight!

  • I’m making smoothies daily starting Sunday so I’ll have to test this one out. Thanks

  • I am anxious to make the Moe”tea”tos 🙂 I love Pure Leaf!!!

  • We drink Pure leaf all of the time because it tastes more like real homemade tea!

  • The smoothie looks wonderful! Refreshing too.

  • Wow, I’ve never thought of putting tea into a smoothie.

  • Sounds tasty!

  • Looks pretty tasty.

  • I would try this! Sounds refreshing.

  • Maryann

    that sounds delicious, but not low calorie!