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Our Berry Black Cocktail is a quick ‘n’ easy Happy Hour treat!
serves 1Ingredients 1 English Breakfast tea bag 1/2 cup hot water 1/2 cup sugar 2 oranges 3 large strawberries 2 ounces vodka
Directions Steep the black tea bag in the hot water for five minutes. Remove the tea bag, pour the tea into a small saucepan, and add sugar. Warm over medium-high heat until the sugar has completely dissolved, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool. Add the strawberries and juice of the oranges into a blender and pulse until smooth. You can choose to strain the purée through a fine mesh sieve or use as is. Fill a cocktail shaker two-thirds full with ice. Add 1 ounce of the sweetened black tea, 3 ounces of fruit purée and 2 ounces vodka. Shake for 15 seconds, until ice-cold. Serve immediately.
Find more recipes in our free summer recipe book, Ice Days Ahead!   High-res

Our Berry Black Cocktail is a quick ‘n’ easy Happy Hour treat!

serves 1
Ingredients
English Breakfast tea bag
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup sugar
2 oranges
3 large strawberries
2 ounces vodka

Directions
Steep the black tea bag in the hot water for five minutes. Remove the tea bag, pour the tea into a small saucepan, and add sugar. Warm over medium-high heat until the sugar has completely dissolved, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool.

Add the strawberries and juice of the oranges into a blender and pulse until smooth. You can choose to strain the purée through a fine mesh sieve or use as is.

Fill a cocktail shaker two-thirds full with ice. Add 1 ounce of the sweetened black tea, 3 ounces of fruit purée and 2 ounces vodka. Shake for 15 seconds, until ice-cold. Serve immediately.

Find more recipes in our free summer recipe book, Ice Days Ahead!

This summer, we’re all about dressing up our favorite iced teas with flavored ice cubes. These decorative lemonade ice cubes create a slow-melt Arnold Palmer (iced tea & lemonade) without diluting your tea! The recipe is so simple, we wish we had heard of it sooner! 
Here’s what you’ll need:2 c. fresh lemonade12 fresh raspberries1 qt. of your favorite Stash Iced Tea
Step 1: In an empty ice cube tray, place one fresh raspberry into each compartment.
Step 2: Fill each compartment half way with fresh lemonade and let freeze for about 2 hours.
Step 3: Once frozen, fill each compartment completely with lemonade and freeze until completely solid.
Step 4: Add to a glass of Stash iced tea and enjoy! Excellent with English Breakfast Black Tea, Tropical Fruit Iced Tea, or Wild Raspberry Hibiscus Herbal Tea.  *For a fun twist, we recommend making the ice cubes with raspberry or pink lemonade.   High-res

This summer, we’re all about dressing up our favorite iced teas with flavored ice cubes. These decorative lemonade ice cubes create a slow-melt Arnold Palmer (iced tea & lemonade) without diluting your tea! The recipe is so simple, we wish we had heard of it sooner!

Here’s what you’ll need:
2 c. fresh lemonade
12 fresh raspberries
1 qt. of your favorite Stash Iced Tea

Step 1: In an empty ice cube tray, place one fresh raspberry into each compartment.

Step 2: Fill each compartment half way with fresh lemonade and let freeze for about 2 hours.

Step 3: Once frozen, fill each compartment completely with lemonade and freeze until completely solid.

Step 4: Add to a glass of Stash iced tea and enjoy! Excellent with English Breakfast Black Tea, Tropical Fruit Iced Tea, or Wild Raspberry Hibiscus Herbal Tea.

*For a fun twist, we recommend making the ice cubes with raspberry or pink lemonade.

Here at Stash Tea, we’re welcoming summer with open arms.  Whether you’re admiring the summer weather through your office window or digging your toes into the warm sand, iced tea is a simple and delicious refreshment. There are 2 basic ways to brew iced tea:
THE HOT METHODStep 1: Use 2 tsp. loose tea or 2 tea bags for every 8 oz. of water.
Step 2: Bring half the water to a boil and pour into your pitcher or glass. Let the tea steep for 3 to 5 minutes.
Step 3: Take out the tea leaves or bags and pour in the remaining water.
Step 4: Chill in the fridge or serve over ice.
THE COLD METHODStep 1: Use 2 tsp. loose tea or 2 tea bags for every 8 oz. of water.
Step 2: Pour the water over your leaves.
Step 3: Leave the tea to steep in your fridge for 3 to 8 hours, depending on how strong you want it.
Step 4: Pour tea over ice and serve.
While we love a traditional glass of black iced tea, we also enjoy a variety of flavors all summer long. Moroccan Mint Green Tea, Peach Black Tea, and Wild Raspberry Hibiscus Herbal Tea are among our favorites.   High-res

Here at Stash Tea, we’re welcoming summer with open arms.  Whether you’re admiring the summer weather through your office window or digging your toes into the warm sand, iced tea is a simple and delicious refreshment. There are 2 basic ways to brew iced tea:

THE HOT METHOD

Step 1: Use 2 tsp. loose tea or 2 tea bags for every 8 oz. of water.

Step 2: Bring half the water to a boil and pour into your pitcher or glass. Let the tea steep for 3 to 5 minutes.

Step 3: Take out the tea leaves or bags and pour in the remaining water.

Step 4: Chill in the fridge or serve over ice.

THE COLD METHOD

Step 1: Use 2 tsp. loose tea or 2 tea bags for every 8 oz. of water.

Step 2: Pour the water over your leaves.

Step 3: Leave the tea to steep in your fridge for 3 to 8 hours, depending on how strong you want it.

Step 4: Pour tea over ice and serve.


While we love a traditional glass of black iced tea, we also enjoy a variety of flavors all summer long. Moroccan Mint Green Tea, Peach Black Tea, and Wild Raspberry Hibiscus Herbal Tea are among our favorites.

DIY your own drink parasols! These fun umbrellas won’t keep your iced drinks cold, but they make a great added feature to any summer party!

Materials
White paper
Wooden skewers
Scissors
Glue or tapeOur parasol patterns

Directions
Cut your wooden skewers to a couple of inches longer than the height of your drinking glasses.

Download and print our umbrella designs onto plain white paper. Cut them out with scissors, then cut along the dotted line.

Create a cone by slightly overlapping the edges; secure using a glue stick or tape underneath. Poke a skewer through the underside of the cone’s point and place inside your cup.   High-res

DIY your own drink parasols! These fun umbrellas won’t keep your iced drinks cold, but they make a great added feature to any summer party!

Materials
White paper
Wooden skewers
Scissors
Glue or tape
Our parasol patterns

Directions
Cut your wooden skewers to a couple of inches longer than the height of your drinking glasses.

Download and print our umbrella designs onto plain white paper. Cut them out with scissors, then cut along the dotted line.

Create a cone by slightly overlapping the edges; secure using a glue stick or tape underneath. Poke a skewer through the underside of the cone’s point and place inside your cup.

Recipe: Sweet Tea-Brined Chicken


Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

We know what we’re barbecuing this weekend! We couldn’t agree more with Southern Living’s idea to use sweet tea as a brine for moist flavorful chicken. Plus, the recipe combines lemon, rosemary, onion and garlic…perfect!

For this recipe we recommend Stash Tea American Iced Tea or American Decaf Iced Tea.

Sweet Tea-Brined Chicken
2 family-size tea bags
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup kosher salt
1 small sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 lemon, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, halved
2 (6-inch) fresh rosemary sprigs
1 tablespoon freshly cracked pepper
2 cups ice cubes
1 (3 1/2- to 4-lb.) cut-up whole chicken

Preparation
1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a 3-qt. heavy saucepan; add tea bags. Remove from heat; cover and steep 10 minutes.

2. Discard tea bags. Stir in sugar and next 6 ingredients, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cool completely (about 45 minutes); stir in ice. (Mixture should be cold before adding chicken.)

3. Place tea mixture and chicken in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag; seal. Place bag in a shallow baking dish and chill 24 hours. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade; pat chicken dry with paper towels.

4. Light one side of grill, heating to 300° to 350° (medium) heat; leave other side unlit. Place chicken, skin side down, over unlit side, and grill, covered with grill lid, 20 minutes. Turn chicken, and grill, covered with grill lid, 40 to 50 minutes or until done. Transfer chicken, skin side down, to lit side of grill, and grill 2 to 3 minutes or until skin is crispy. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Note: Total time does not include 1 day marinating time.