Saturday, June 22, 2013

This Summer, Lipton Seeks to Redefine Refreshing.

This summer, forget that Long Island Iced Tea, which isn't actually made with tea at all, and go in for a really refreshing beverage. Lipton Tea has teamed up with New York City mixologist, Scott Fitzgerald, to help New Yorkers "feel the taste of summer" with innovative concoctions that incorporate Lipton Iced Tea products into delectable adult beverages, such as a White Citrus Sangria. What goes into such a drink? Watch Fitzgerald and actor Mario Lopez teach you how to make this special sangria here, including variations for a kid-friendly version.

Katharine McPhee and the Lipton Sun
photo by Insider Images/Andrew Kelly for Lipton

This past Thursday, on a clear, balmy night with the East River and Brooklyn Bridge as a backdrop, and marking the summer solstice, Katharine McPhee played celebrity host to Lipton's "Summer Taste" party at South Street Seaport. McPhee was radiant as she unveiled the "Lipton Sun," a spherical, illuminated sun sculpture created by students at Pratt Institute, and representing the brighter side of summer beverages. Lipton bartenders served up the refreshing White Citrus Sangria, alongside Fitzgerald's stronger cocktail creation, a surprisingly low calorie Mint Tea Julep, made with Lipton's Ready to Drink Diet Green Tea Citrus, fresh orange juice, mint and bourbon. Looking for a light, crisp feel, WGINY staff sipped on another Fitzgerald favorite, Berried Green Iced Tea with Pomegranate, made with vodka, fresh strawberries, and Lipton's Tea & Honey Blackberry Pomegranate Iced Green Tea Mix to Go Packet. This flavorful, sweet cocktail was really a delight to drink.

What's YOUR favorite way to use Lipton Iced Teas as a mixer this summer? Become a mixologist for a day and send your own Lipton recipe cocktail or mocktail idea to by Wednesday, June 26 at 5pm, and you could win a prize package from Lipton. The most creative and palatable recipes will be featured on WGINY.

One lucky reader will win this prize package from Lipton.
Winner will be announced on or about June 28. 

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