Party Sized Herbal Iced Tea Recipe

I absolutely LOVED everything about this Herbal Iced Tea that I made for my mom’s birthday dinner!  Since her birthday dinner was Ina Garten themed and I was making all of Ina’s recipes…I knew I had to find a drink recipe in addition to all the food I was making!  When I found Ina’s Herbal Iced Tea recipe in her Barefoot Contessa Family Style Cookbook, I knew it would be perfect!

Herbal Iced Tea Recipe - Party Sized and Caffeine Free @FoodMarriage

It’s a great recipe because it has no added sugar (the apple juice in it sweetens it) and it is caffeine free!  I took Ina’s recipe and altered it just a bit, swapping out the Red Zinger Tea for Wild Berry Zinger Tea.  And I also tripled the recipe to make it party-sized!!  Since I was having the entire family over for dinner, I knew I wanted enough to fill a large drink dispenser so there would be enough for everyone!  As everyone arrived for the birthday dinner party, I greeted them at the door, welcomed them to my own “Barefoot Contessa” restaurant, and served the Herbal Iced Tea in stemless wine glasses to make it fancy!

Party Sized Herbal Iced Tea

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1 1/2 gallons Herbal Iced Tea

Party Sized Herbal Iced Tea

Ingredients

  • 12 cups water
  • 12 cups apple juice
  • 12 Celestial Seasonings Lemon Zinger tea bags
  • 12 Celestial Seasonings Wild Berry Zinger tea bags

Instructions

  • Boil 12 cups of water in a large pot on the stove.
  • Once the water comes to a boil, turn off the heat and steep all 24 tea bags in the water for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove the tea bags and let the tea cool off a bit.
  • Combine the tea with the 12 cups of apple juice. Pour into a drink dispenser and place in the refrigerator until it is cold.
  • Serve over ice cubes.
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Recipe adapted from Ina Garten’s “Herbal Iced Tea Recipe” from the Barefoot Contessa Family Style Cookbook.

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Sweet White Sangria Recipe

In addition to the cucumber water recipe I made for my Girls Fantasy Football Draft party, I also made a Sweet White Sangria!  I made up the recipe on my own by just mixing white wine with sprite and adding in some sliced fruit.  I used a light and refreshing wine called “Lighthouse White,” which I actually purchased when I was at the Cape May Winery for a bachelorette party.

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I made a party-sized version of this sangria and used my 3-gallon drink dispenser!  I used a variety of fruits, including blueberries.  But I did learn the hard way that blueberries are not the best to add in if you are using a drink dispenser.  The blueberries tended to get caught in the spout, blocking the flow of the liquid when you tried to get your drink.  Another great tip I can share?  To keep your sangria cold and instead of using regular ice cubes in it which may dilute it too much, make soda ice cubes!  I froze sprite in ice cube trays and then added them into the sangria!

Sweet White Sangria Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Large party-sized container of Sangria

Sweet White Sangria Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 bottles white wine
  • 2 bottles (2 liters each) of sprite
  • Pint of Raspberries
  • 2 kiwi
  • 2 peaches
  • 8 strawberries

Instructions

  • Using your first bottle of soda, pour into ice cube trays and freeze (You can also use a few raspberries to freeze into the middle of the soda ice cubes to look pretty).
  • Put the second bottle of soda in the refrigerator to start chilling.
  • Pour your white wine into a large drink dispenser.
  • Slice your raspberries and strawberries in half and toss into the wine.
  • Peel and slice your kiwi and peaches and also add into the wine.
  • Place your drink dispenser into the refrigerator to chill until ready to serve. (I actually recommend doing this the night before so the fruit flavors can blend together and really flavor the wine).
  • When you are ready to serve your Sangria, remove from the refrigerator. Add in your bottle of sprite right before serving so it stays fizzy.
  • To keep the sangria cold throughout your party, add in as many sprite ice cubes as needed throughout the day.
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xoxo, Food Marriage

Cool & Refreshing Cucumber Water Recipe

The first time I ever saw cucumber water was at The Stone Rose Restaurant in Conshohocken.  I thought it was such a great idea that I decided to make a party-sized version for my Girls Fantasy Football Draft Party!

Cucumber Water Recipe @FoodMarriage

This recipe makes boring water look fancy, gives it a little twist of flavor, and is effortless to put together.  All you have to do is have a big drink dispenser on hand, some water, and some cucumbers!  To tie it into my football themed party, I cut a football out of brown card stock, drew a football, and wrote “Cucumber Water” on it.  I then punched a hole in the top of the football and tied it to the drink dispenser with kitchen twine.

This cucumber water recipe is a perfect non-alcoholic drink option that is cool and refreshing on a hot summer day!

Cucumber Water

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 gallons of Cucumber Water

Cucumber Water

Ingredients

  • 2 gallons water
  • 2 cucumbers
  • Ice Cubes

Instructions

  • Pour 2 gallons of water into a large drink dispenser.
  • Get 2 cucumbers and cut the ends off each cucumber. Using a peeler, peel stripes down each cucumber (you will still leave some of the skin on, so you see stripes of the green skin as decoration)
  • Cut your cucumbers into slices.
  • Add cucumbers into the water.
  • Add in ice cubes.
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Drink Recipe: White Sangria with Pomegranate & Lime

Happy New Year’s Eve to everyone!!  I thought now was a good time to take a tiny break from the cookie recipes and share the fun drink that my friends surprised me with at my 2012 Cookie Exchange!  Last year, I made some signature cookie cocktails for the 2011 Cookie ExchangeMint Milano Cookie Cocktails and Chocolate Chip Martinis.  While they were tasty and quite a hit, they required so many ingredients and I ended up with a lot of leftover bottles of liquor.

This year, as much as I really wanted to do a signature drink again, I decided to just take the easy way out and pick up wine and beer.  My friends Allison and Nicole surprised me with a delicious White Sangria, complete with red and green fruit to make it perfect for Christmas!  Because of the beautiful colors, I re-named the drink “Christmas Fancys!”  It is so easy to put together that you can still run out and make it tonight for New Year’s Eve!

Recipe: White Sangria with Pomegranate & Lime aka “Christmas Fancys”

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 3 cans of 7up or Sprite
  • Grand Marnier (a few ounces)
  • Seeds of 1 pomegranate
  • Slices of two limes
  • Ice

Directions:
  • Pour all ingredients into a punch bowl.  Wait for the seeds to float.
  • Serve!

Don’t want a whole bottle of leftover Grand Marnier??  Just buy a few of the tiny one-ounce bottles at the liquor store!  Cheers!!!!!
 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Cheers to the New Year with a Strawberry Bellini!

Happy New Year to all of my blog followers!!  2011 was a great year – I got married AND started the Food Marriage Blog!

Here’s a recipe that we had over the holidays, but it can be served to toast to any special occasion!  Keep this recipe handy for all of the exciting things that are about to happen in 2012!!

Here is how to Make a Strawberry Bellini…

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 quarts strawberries
  • Champagne
Directions:
  • Mix 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and then simmer on low heat until it becomes clear. (Stir occasionally throughout this process).  This becomes what is called a “simple syrup.”
  • Place your two quarts strawberries into a separate pan (cut off the tops and you can cut them into smaller pieces).  Add about a quarter cup of water.
  • Simmer the strawberries on low until they become softer and able to be mashed.  Using a potato masher or a fork, mash up the strawberries.
  • Next, add your simple syrup mixture into the strawberries and stir together.  Pour into a container or small pitcher.  (A carafe will look fancy too!)
  • Pour about an ounce of the strawberry syrup mixture into the bottom of champagne glasses.
  • Top with champagne and enjoy!!
Cheers!
 

xoxo, Food Marriage