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Takeya Iced Teas + Giveaway

5/14/14


When I'm pregnant, more than any other time, I drink iced tea like mad (I almost wrote "like a Mo-Fo" and then remembered this isn't 1997).  I am not a hot tea fan, but iced tea is so refreshing, and with summertime fast approaching now is the perfect time to keep a fresh pitcher in your fridge.  Which is why I am so excited that Takeya offered me an Iced Tea Maker, along with a line of iced tea flavors, to review and giveaway.  That's right, one of YOU will win what you see below, just by commenting on this post!  (Please insert my commercial-y ad voice there.)    


(the mugs are mine, you can't have those)


Just look at all those flavors!  The whole thing is wonderfully simple to make, coming together in just minutes - a bonus when you're pregnant with two small humans to look after.  If you can pour, brew and shake, then you can create the perfect glass of iced tea.  Here's how you do it...    

Pour pre-measured tea into infuser.  I tried out the fresh green tea here...


Boil water, let it cool for a few minutes, and then pour into iced tea maker, about halfway full...


After a few minutes of brewing, remove infuser and fill with ice.  Seal lid and shake for 30 seconds.  Here is mine post-flash chilled... 


It's delicious, and did I mention the whole thing is dishwasher safe?!  Perfection.  There are about a million ways to flavor your tea and make it unique, and below are 4 wonderful recipes to help you do just that.  To win your own Iced Tea Maker + Iced Teas, simply comment below and tell me which flavor you're most excited to try!  (Must be an official follower of this blog to qualify, and a winner will be chosen at random this Friday, May 16th at 12p EST.)


TAKEYA ICED GREEN TEA: 4 Ways

Pear, Lemon & Ginger
*While every pear variety will infuse to reveal a delicate fruit flavor, we recommend Bosc for its crisp, sweet flavor or Bartlett for its extra juicy fruit.

1) PREP ~ Add sliced ginger to bottom of the pitcher and muddle with a wooden spoon.  Tear open the TAKEYA Fresh Green Iced Tea Packets, pour tea into Tea Infuser and twist into lid.
2) BREW ~ Heat water to a boil, cool for 4 minutes and fill the pitcher halfway.  Lower the lid with attached Tea Infuser into the hot water, allowing steam to vent, and brew for 3 minutes.  Remove the lid and detach the Tea Infuser.  Stir in honey until dissolved.
3) FLASH CHILL ~ Top off with ice, seal lid and shake for 30 seconds to flash chill.  Remove 1 3/4 cups of the iced tea to make room for the fruit infusion.
4) ADD CITRUS FLAVOR ~ Twist the Citrus Juicer into the top of the pitcher and juice the lemons. Twist off the Citrus Juicer, seal and shake to mix.
5) ADD FRUIT FLAVOR ~ Twist the Fruit Infuser into the Infuser Extender and add chopped pear.  Twist the Fruit Infuser into the lid, lower it into the iced tea and seal airtight.  Zip on the Thermo Jacket and infuse for 3 hours in the refrigerator.

Strawberry, Basil & Mint Lemonade
 *Basil might seem like an unusual ingredient for lemonade, but this earthy herb refreshes the palate while balancing the sweet strawberries, vibrant mint and tart lemon.

1) PREP ~ Add chopped mint and basil to the bottom of the pitcher and muddle with a wooden spoon.  Tear open the TAKEYA Fresh Green Iced Tea Packets, pour tea into the Tea Infuser and twist into lid.
2) BREW ~ Heat water to a boil, cool for 4 minutes and fill the pitcher halfway.  Lower the lid with attached Tea Infuser into the hot water, allowing steam to vent, and brew for 3 minutes.  Remove the lid and detach the Tea Infuser.  Stir in honey until dissolved.
3) FLASH CHILL ~ Top off with ice, seal lid and shake for 30 seconds to flash chill.  Remove 2 1/3 cups of the iced tea to make room for the fruit infusion.
4) ADD CITRUS FLAVOR ~ Twist the Citrus Juicer into the top of the pitcher and juice the lemons (rinse off Citrus Juicer halfway through juicing to remove pulp and seeds).  Twist off the Citrus Juicer, seal and shake to mix. 
5) ADD FRUIT & HERB FLAVORS ~ Twist the Fruit Infuser into the Infuser Extender and add chopped strawberries.  Twist the Fruit Infuser into the lid, lower it into the iced tea and seal airtight.  Zip on the Thermo Jacket and infuse for 3 hours in the refrigerator.   

Watermelon, Lime & Mint
*To get an even bigger watermelon kick from this drink, fill glasses with frozen watermelon cubes just before serving the Green Mint iced tea infusion.  Just slice watermelon into 1-inch cubes and freeze until solid.

1) PREP ~ Tear open the TAKEYA Green Mint Iced Tea Packets, pour tea into Tea Infuser and twist into lid.  
2) BREW ~ Heat water to a boil, cool for 3 minutes and fill the pitcher halfway.  Lower the lid with attached Tea Infuser into the hot water, allowing steam to vent, and brew for 3 minutes.  Remove the lid and detach the Tea Infuser.  Stir in honey until dissolved.
3) FLASH CHILL ~ Top off with ice, seal lid and shake for 30 seconds to flash chill.  Remove 2 1/2 cups of the iced tea to make room for the fruit infusion.
4) ADD CITRUS FLAVOR ~ Twist the Citrus Juicer into the top of the pitcher and juice the lime.  Twist off the Citrus Juicer, seal and shake to mix.
5) ADD FRUIT & HERB FLAVORS ~ Twist the Fruit Infuser into the Infuser Extender and add chopped watermelon and mint.  Twist the Fruit Infuser into the lid, lower it into the iced tea and seal airtight.  Zip on the Thermo Jacket and infuse for 3 hours in the refrigerator.  

Grapefruit & Lime
*Wake up on the right side of the bed with this bright, citrusy infusion featuring your daily dose of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. 

1) PREP ~ Tear open the TAKEYA Green Mint Iced Tea Packets, pour tea into Tea Infuser and twist into lid. 
2) BREW ~ Heat water to a boil, cool for 3 minutes and fill the pitcher halfway.  Lower the lid with attached Tea Infuser into the hot water, allowing steam to vent, and brew for 3 minutes.  Remove the lid and detach the Tea Infuser.  Stir in honey until dissolved. 
3) FLASH CHILL ~ Top off with ice, seal lid and shake for 30 seconds to flash chill.  Remove 2 1/4 cups of the iced tea to make room for the fruit infusion.
4) ADD CITRUS FLAVOR ~ Twist the Citrus Juicer into the top of the pitcher and juice the grapefruits and lime (rinse off Citrus Juicer halfway through juicing to remove pulp and seeds).  Twist off the Citrus Juicer, seal and shake to mix before serving.  Zip on the Thermo Jacket and infuse for 3 hours in the refrigerator.  


*Please note: for the recipes above, a few extra accessories are needed and can be purchased here.

81 comments:

Ayana Fakhir said...

It's 5:30 am est, and now I'm really thirsty. Thanks for the product review, the iced tea maker looks awesome!

Lisa said...

All the flavors look so good! But I really want to try Tropical Black and add some fresh fruit to it!

Hello Kimmy said...

Thank you for these recipes. I have ditched coffee and have been focusing on tea. Yum. Cheers.

Julie Rogers said...

Would love to try the Watermelon & Mint! I'm a HUGE HUGE tea fan, this is awesome!

Julie
www.thechirpingmoms.com

Kelly M. said...

Strawberry Basil sounds so refreshing!

Pat Phelps said...

I would love to try the green tea. I love your blog and your recipes!

Lili Galvan said...

Strawberry, Basil & Mint Lemonade! I would have never thought to put basil in my tea, but the three ingredients actually sound good!

Megan said...

This is so neat! I'm expecting as well and I love my iced tea. I'm normally a huge coffee drinker, but being pregnant I make the switch to iced tea. It makes me feel better about myself. Having three little ones I feel like I live at my local DD sometimes, this would Def make things easier and keep a little green in my pocket! The Green Tea is something I would love to try!

Ash said...

I had cravings for iced tea when I was pregnant, too!! Iced tea and coffee ice cream - although not together ;)

dunlapfabfive said...

You had me at "dishwasher safe". Love tea and would love to try classic black.

LAMchop said...

I am a classic black drinker although I usually add lemonade for a very refreshing summer drink. I'm limiting my soda intake and tea is my "go to" drink. This would keep me on track for sure!

TMOS said...

Strawberry, Basil & Mint Lemonade!

Mad Betty said...

I love popping some fresh berries and a slice of lemon into iced tea. Love the looks of this brewing method!

Meg Anderson said...

Im definitely a Classic Black kind of person!

Becky Bodurtha said...

I drink so much iced tea, that people have mentioned I may just be addicted. These all sound amazing!

It's Me - Jen E! said...

Love iced tea in the summer (or in the winter, spring and fall!). The tropical black sounds yummy but the recipes look tempting, too!

Cassie said...
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Cassie said...

Coconut lime rooibos for sure!

suburban prep said...

I love love pomegranate and as soon as I saw that there was hibiscus pomegranate I was so wanting to try that flavor.

andwontonmakesthree said...

There's no drink I love more than iced tea and the Strawberry Basil Mint sounds soooo good.

Felicia Collins said...

They all look fantastic. I love green tea, so am most looking forward to that.

LaceyRuth4780 said...

Hibiscus pomegranate! To drink while watching Dawson's Creek reruns- like a mofo. :)

ShannoBee said...

I want to try the grapefruit and lime tea - sounds so refreshing!

The Saucy Secretary said...

Oh my gosh! I NEED to try grapefruit and lime! This would be so convenient for work! I could imagine I was drinking greyhounds all day!!

Molly B said...

How awesome is this?? I would love to try the Coconut lime- yum yum yum!

Lorie said...

The Takeya ice tea maker looks awesome! I drink ice tea all day everyday and the flash chill concept would make tea so much faster. I would love to try their Hibiscus Pomegranate flavor. LOVE your blog!

Mia Stizzo said...

awesome! i've been trying to cut out soda and have been drinking a lot of tea lately. i love plain ol' iced green or black tea, and the grapefruit lime sounds super good.

Mary S said...

As another preggo, I'm loving tea right now and he heat wave in SoCal makes iced tea sound even better! Anything with mint in it is right up my alley!

Monica M said...

Strawberry, basil, mint sounds amazing, especially in this heat wave we are having in SoCal right now!

Kristie Nguyen said...

Hibiscus Pomeganate. The recipe for strawberry, basil, lemonade is going to be a must try!

Amanda Tane said...

Coconut Lime Rooibos- it just sounds interesting. I love ice tea.

Stephanie Johnson said...

I usually stick with classic black and green teas, but that hibiscus/pomegranate sounds yummy!

Jo said...

I would love to make grapefruit tea. YUM!

KHerring said...

I'd like to try the Coconut Lime Rooibos...that sounds very interesting. Could be refreshing on a hot day.

karen said...

this would be so perfect for the heat wave we've been having! i'd love to try the Watermelon, Lime & Mint. sounds so refreshing

Darla Cain said...

I must try Grapefruit & Lime. My two favorite flavors together? Yes, please! Also, my teenage son loves tea in the summer.

Meg G. said...

The hibiscus pomegranate flavor sounds so refreshing! I've had a similar flavor before and have been craving it ever since. Thanks for the giveaway!

CC said...

These flavors look delicious! I would love to try this tea maker. I love tea and have never tried a gadget like this.

kellyt said...

I know Green tea sounds kinda boring after looking at all those other wonderful flavors but I'm a green tea kinda girl!

susan said...

Coconut lime rooibos looks like one I'd want to try! Love iced tea.

Hello Kimmy said...

Super stocked about this.

KismeTKate said...

Pear, Lemon and Ginger!!

Dori said...

Oh Boy! Definitely the strawberry, mint lemonade!!

Marilyn Lockwood said...

I brew a pot of hot tea every morning. It would be great to have some chilled tea for the summer! I cannot live without my tea! I would love to try the tropical black.

cp said...

Strawberry, basil, mint. yummm

Leslie said...

Iced tea is so delicious! What a neat pitcher... even if I don't win, I might have to check it out :) The watermelon, lime and mint combo sounds so refreshing!

Kimberly said...

Definitely the strawberry, basil, mint!

Allie said...

Those pictures just got me so excited for summer and ice cold iced tea all day erry day :)

Shira said...

Strawberry basil lemonade sounds amazingly yummy.

BeckyC said...

This looks like a great idea for summer entertaining! If I had to choose a favorite I'd say coconut lime.

Dee said...

Wow, I need to infuse myself with this tea--and would love to win this great giveaway!

Shannon said...

Yum! I love iced tea in the summer!

alsull said...

I would love hibiscus pomegranate!

Liz said...

I want! Looks amazing!

Christine Gustafson said...

Oh My Lanta...This is fantastic. I'm a tea junkie and can't wait to try the Pear, Lemon & Ginger.

SLM said...

This looks awesome. I love tea. I would love love love to try the Pear, Lemon and Ginger. They all look delicious and refreshing. :)

Emma Martin said...

This is awesome! I'd love to try all of the flavours but Strawberry, Basil & Mint Lemonade sounds the best right now. I've been reading your blog for about a year now and it's my favourite food blog. xo

Kelly said...

I would like to get this product!! I love tea and trying new flavors!

Elizabeth said...

I'd love to try the coconut lime rooibos NO DOUBT!

Chicagomom72 said...

That whole Flash tea thing?! soooooo 2014 like a MOFO

Jennifer benak said...

I really want to make that strawberry mint basil lemonade! Sounds so refreshing!

Lisa M. said...

As a fellow pregger. I too am downing iced tea like there is no tomorrow. That Grapefruit flavor sounds AH-MAZE-ING!! Must try!

Brooke said...

Coconut lime, for sure! And you should totally say like a mo fo :)

Kelseyrara said...

My mother and I joke that instead of blood, iced tea flows through our veins. When she was pregnant with my little brother (10 years my junior), one of my official household chores was to fill the ice trays and make two pitchers of iced tea every morning. :-)

Kelseyrara said...

Oh, and I'd love to try the hibiscus pomegranate!

Molly Guisinger said...

I love tea too. Those recipes sound amazing! What a cool gadget.

Lisa said...

Tropical Black - yum! And just what this preggo person needs to survive the summer in Florida!!

Randi Marie said...

It's been 70 degrees in Alaska for the past 3 weeks. I would LOVE to try the Strawberry Basil Mint. Sounds so refreshing!

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Nicole Adeline said...

I would love this! Right now I make Iced Tea in a giant pitcher by taping the hanging tea bags to the sides! I could be so much cooler with this gadget!!!

Linda said...

Boy.... giveaways sure brings everyone out of the closet!!!! I'd love to try the strawberry, basil, mint. I have all 3 in the garden right now too !!!! My current fav is peach, and green tea!!! XO

Juli MCG said...

Yummy...I wish you would have used Mo-Fo...am I stuck in the 90's too?! I would love to try the coconut lime roobios...

Renee C said...

Grapefruit and lime sounds delicious.

Zoe Madden said...

I would love to try all! Your blog is perfection! I love all your recipes and maybe we can share some because I live in Manhasset too. Thanks Siri :)

Sarah C said...

YUM! Coconut Lime Rooibos one day, Strawberry Basil Lemonade the next! I'm from the south and we love our iced tea and lemonade!

Lauren Brewer said...

I bought my mom one of these a couple of years ago and she said it works great. But I've never tried it, come to think of it! Great giveaway since I actually am an herbal tea drinker and don't drink coffee (shocker!), although that is my favorite ice cream.

Cathy said...

I love tea and the tea gadget would be a nice addition in my apartment :-)

Karen W. said...

Hi! Small world- my husband Zack was college roommates with Carson at College of the Desert!!! You have a beautiful family

Laurie said...

The strawberry basil sounds really, reallyl good.

Charlyne Wong said...

I love to try the coconut lime.

tara said...

Uh... as someone who spends WAY too much money on iced green teas at Starbucks, this iced tea maker looks awesome!

I'm boring and like plain green tea, but the pomegranate hibiscus sounds delicious!

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