If you’re subscribed to my newsletter, you’re already aware that I spent Canada Day long weekend at the cottage. It was a beautiful weekend to celebrate my country’s birthday and tea was still had, thankfully. However, there was a kicker. No running water! Luckily, we knew this in advance so we came prepared with our water from home and brought all the necessary tea traveling essentials.
I’m actually not much of a camper or cottager, so when I do go (since the boyfriend is a big fan) I like to arrive well prepared. That includes taking any kind of tea possible with me. When we were getting the water ready to heat on the fire outside I asked James, “So what kind of tea are you thinking?” He didn’t respond right away so I started to throw out some ideas that way he also didn’t decide on a tea that I didn’t even pack. “We can have a dragon well green tea, iron goddess oolong or even matcha.” That’s when he gave me a funny look.
“What? Don’t list off teas I can’t have. That’s a tease!”
“James, I’m being serious. I told you I brought teas with me.”
“Yeah, but I thought you meant like different tea bags and the iced tea bottles. You’re telling me I can have dragon well or matcha right now? No….”
Of course, I had to show him to prove it so we went off into the cottage and I pulled out my tote bag that I made my tea traveling pouch. I began to pull out each tea one by one and took out my Libre tea mug to show him to use that if he wanted the dragon well over the matcha. After countless weird looks and a relaxing sigh for not having to just drink orange pekoe tea bags like he initially thought, he decided on the matcha.
The easiest and quickest way to prepare it was to scoop 2 spoon full of matcha powder into a mason jar and fill with cool water (about 5-6 ounces). Seal and shake.
I actually felt like the last bit of an oolong blend that I had packed away and I place the rolled leaves in my Libre tea mug and filled it with the heated water.
Towards the end of the trip our water stash from home was running low, our tea supply was not though. Pure Leaf iced teas hit the spot on the warm days and were my favourite to just grab out the cooler and go. You celebrate real moments with Pure Leaf Iced Tea because it’s real brewed tea, made from real tea leaves. Thankfully, not that artificial powdered stuff that can also be easily packed for a camping trip, but definitely not as rewarding. The unsweetened iced teas are still my favourite from Pure Leaf Canada, however, their green tea with honey is a close second. We had some left over from the weekend that we used for an iced tea party recently. But, as usual, we decided to make the bottled iced teas into our own by tweaking them with fresh fruit, herbs and alcohol!
Spiked iced green tea, anyone?
The recipe below was the biggest hit and that’s why I wanted to share it with you! This tea cocktail is perfect with the lightly sweetened tea and really adds to your pool or garden party. You can whip it up last minute and still enjoy the real brewed moments.
- 1 cup Pure Leaf Iced Tea Green Tea with Honey
- 1 shot glass of whiskey
- Juice from half a lemon
- Fresh mint leaves
- Ice cubes
- In a cocktail shaker (or mason jar if you don't have one) pour in Pure Leaf Iced Tea Green Tea with Honey, fresh lemon juice and mint, ice and the whiskey (more or less to your liking).
- Shake, shake, shake!
- Pour the mixed drink into a glass with more fresh mint and lemon slices for garnish.
- Sip and enjoy. Cheers!
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