Sour Cherry Lemon Iced Tea

So one of the perks of my job, besides being surrounded with the most current and amazing things for a kitchen, is the ability to purchase what I’d like for my kitchen at a significant discount. For now, I have a whole list on order. That’s because what I want, (Wusthof knives, Staub Dutch ovens, a Wellness gel floor mat, a full set of All-Clad stainless steel pots and pans, and that is just the start of the list) I need serious money. But every now and then we get in something that I just have to have. I try not to indulge too much – good thing too, as we get new merchandise in at least once a week. But I had my eye on a Primula Flavor It 3 in 1 system. It comes with a fine mesh insert for loose-leaf tea, a filter for infusing fruit into the water, and even a freezable insert that you can put inside the pitcher to chill the drink without ice cubes. I had to get this, and when I did, one of the first drinks I made was this sour cherry lemon iced tea.  Super refreshing, not too sweet – this iced tea is perfect anytime you can get fresh sour cherries. This was my first time using this fruit, and I know I will be using it again. 016 Ingredients (this makes about 3/4 of a gallon) 16 sour cherries, stems removed and squished between your fingers 4 tea bags 2 and a half lemons cut into quarters 3 to 5 oz of honey  (I find that blueberry, or wildflower varieties work best. ( Clover honey I found to be too sweet for my liking)   018 1) If you have a pitcher like mine, make a layer of cherries, then lemons, then teabags, then the remaining lemons. Add the honey over the fruit and teabags, and fill pitcher with boiling hot water.  If you don’t have a pitcher, use a pot, add all the ingredients, then fill with water. 2)Leave the fruit and tea in the water til the water cools to just above room temperature. Stir the insert inside the pitcher or stir your ingredients once or twice. I like to leave my insert in for about an hour, but for weaker iced tea leave the fruits and tea in the water for less time. 3) Remove the insert, or strain your tea mixture into a pitcher. Make sure to press down gently on the fruit and tea so you get as much liquid from it as possible. Chill and serve. 

Product Review: Sneaky Pete’s Oat Drink

Special Consideration to the Baddish Group ( for providing the samples for the product review.  All opinions are my own. 

When it comes to food and beverages, I’d like to say I am a pretty informed consumer. I’ve known for years that drink companies have added different types of vitamins and minerals to beverages to make them healthier, and hopefully more appealing to the people who drink them.  Some lines of beverages have built their entire reputations on being a healthier alternative to the traditional soft drink.

Oat Square The biggest complaint I hear from so many people I know is the following: ” I know I’m supposed to drink more, but I hate plain water! I need what I drink to taste good!”  Sound familiar? If I may, I’d like to suggest you try Sneaky Pete’s Oat Drinks.

Even I was skeptical at first:  who put oats in a drink? I’ve heard all about the benefits from oats and oat fiber, but this was something completely outside the box for me. When I was given a chance to review it. I didn’t hesitate.  I decided that not only would I try it, I’d set up an informal tasting panel of eight people whose ages ranged from 5 to 70 to assist me. This way I could get other people’s opinions as well. I was given one bottle of Apple and one of Peach to sample. Putting both into clear plastic cups, I gave one of each sample to each member of my group. Here are the results:

Out of 8 people, 5 liked the Peach flavor better, 2 liked the Apple flavor, and 1 person liked both equally. The people who prefered the Peach flavor liked the ‘sweet, clear, very peachy’ flavor.  Those who liked the Apple were pleased with the ‘fact that  it tasted like apple-cinnamon oatmeal.”

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I was more impressed with the following: Per 12 oz bottle, Sneaky Pete’s only had 40 calories, 5 grams of sugar in the entire bottle, and 3 grams of oat fiber.  Most of the time, a bottle of equal size has at least double the amount of sugar and at least one and a half times the amount of calories. The very best fact: there is nothing artificial in the beverage. No artificial sweeteners of any kind.

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Sneaky Pete’s comes in 5 different flavors: Peach, Apple, Mango, Raspberry, and Grape. You can order the beverages from their website, or from a retailer near you