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Honey Green Tea and Rosemary Refresher and an Honest Tea Giveaway

I was watching Louis CK’s 2011 comedy special, Live at the Beacon Theatre, the other night and was cracking up at his rant about how he believes humans are aliens because we are constantly complaining about how uncomfortable we are here on Earth.  We use air conditioning and heating units and fans to make everything juuuuuuust right.  Louis notes that it just doesn’t make sense that we were meant to be on this planet.  If we were, we would just be able to deal with the extreme highs and lows without freaking out.  I’ll admit that I’m one of those complainers. While I can handle winter weather alright, the heat and sweat and that stickiness that takes over from June to August is unbearable.

This weather we’ve been having recently, however, has been perfect… and I feel the need to say that out-loud to myself that at least once a day. “This is fantastic! It needs to stay like this forever. Ah, yes… seventy degrees and sunny with a slight breeze.”  I know it won’t last long, but I’m taking as much of it in as I can before it gets warmer.

You may have noticed a lot of beverages on here recently and I’ve been enjoying playing around with some fun cocktail recipes for you (Hope you’ve been enjoying consuming some of them too!).  Over the last few weeks, Eric and I have switched from whiskey drinks to gin and vodka and tequila. Just like food, our bodies crave different libations as the seasons change. So, here is a vodka “refresher” for you to all enjoy that utilizes some of Honest Tea‘s Honey Green Tea, which the company generously sent over for me to try.  I was thrilled with the subtle sweetness of the tea, especially since I had planned on including a little simple syrup in the cocktail.

In addition, they’re offering one lucky A Thought For Food reader a chance to win a month’s supply of their tea (30 drinks)!   Woo hoo!

See below for details on how to enter the giveaway:

A word from the folks at Honest Tea:

“Honest Tea would like to keep you refreshed for 30 days, on us. Brewed with organic tea leaves and half the calories and sugar of other bottled teas, we hope you’ll find it a sip in the right direction.  ”

To Enter the Honest Tea Givaway:  Leave a comment here telling me what your favorite warm-weather beverage is (alcoholic or non-alcoholic).

Giveaway Disclaimer: No purchase necessary. Open to US residents only . Giveaway will end on May 27th 2013 at 12:00 pm EST. One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using random.org. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected. Samples of Honest Tea products and the giveaway items were provided to me by Honest Tea through the NoshOnIt Publisher Partner Program. 

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  • May 20, 2013 - 2:31 am

    Dee - I love herbal tea when it’s hot outside.ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 4:11 am

    Amy Orlandi - I love lavender lemon water!ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 8:50 am

    Tieghan - This is such a perfect summer drink!ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 9:00 am

    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic - My favorite summer drink is just ice cold water with a squeeze of lemon. So refreshing! I love Honest Tea, I usually chug down a bottle after hot yoga :)ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 9:10 am

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - This looks so good!! Omg, LOVE that Louis CK special! Have you seen the new “Oh My God” tour?? This is my fav segment:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkjmzEEQUlEReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 10:24 am

    Marnely Rodriguez-Murray - Oh I do love Louis CK! And my favorite summer drink has to be a local restaurants summer sangria, which is too die for but is even better since I typically sit outside and enjoy the 70F and breezy weather. Where can we move that has this weather ALL THE TIME!?ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 10:53 am

    Sarah H.P. - I love lemonade!!!ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 12:04 pm

    Brittany Burke - I love a spicy margarita! ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 12:30 pm

    Alison Lewis - Homemade strawberry lemonade! Great photos by the way.ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 12:40 pm

    Lisa - Fresh squeezed ice cold lemonade. Cools you down in an instant!ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 2:38 pm

    eleanor - I love half and half. Tazo Passion Tea and Homemade Lemonade. MmmmReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 3:23 pm

    Meredith - My favorite warm-weather beverage is lemonade!ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 5:08 pm

    Whitney - Honestly? Perfectly made lemonade (a bit tart, not too sweet) or some sweet tea.ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 5:43 pm

    Babs - My favorite summer/warm weather drink is any type or flavor of iced tea!ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 5:52 pm

    dixya| Food, Pleasure, and Health - alcoholic – gin & tonic with lime is my goto drink and non-alcoholic would have to be – green teaReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    Bonnie - Tanqueray and tonic with lots of limes.ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 6:24 pm

    Christina - I love a big glass of iced tea with lemon in the summer.ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 6:34 pm

    Alison - Iced tea and vodka tonic with a large piece of limeReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 6:35 pm

    Sarah - I love a good sidecar in the summer.ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 6:40 pm

    Dorothea - I like carbonated water with lemon or lime – so simple yet so refreshing!ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 6:58 pm

    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen - I love ice cold kombucha flavored with lime and strawberries!ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 8:01 pm

    libby - My favorite is iced sweet teaReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 8:02 pm

    Audrey - Smoothies with lots of ice.ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 8:54 pm

    Szkent - One part blood orange soda one part Trader Joe’s orange flavored mineral water over ice or in a chilled glass. If I am going for full orange overload then I add a splash of orange juice.ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 9:10 pm

    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - My favorite warm-weather beverage is either still or sparkling water infused with fresh berries. (Your Green Tea Refresher sounds pretty good, too!) :)ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 9:25 pm

    Nadine Joy Kurland - I’m a martini girl, all the way!ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 9:26 pm

    Liana Marie White - Ginsing Tea!ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 9:36 pm

    Ouida Duke Lampert - A gin and tonic with a little St. GermainReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 9:52 pm

    Cellabella - Passionfruit Iced Tea! With a little bit of mint :)ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 9:55 pm

    Madeline - My favorite warm-weather beverage is a mojito, or a long island iced tea!ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 10:35 pm

    Dawn Shelton Connelly - a fresh, frozen slushi w/ vodka of course :)ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 10:50 pm

    Leanna R - Im a margarita gal but I also love cherry limeade.ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 10:55 pm

    Andrew Frishman - Mnnn… I LOVES me some honesty, especially when it’s sponsored.

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  • May 20, 2013 - 11:31 pm

    Arthur in the Garden! - OH, that would be yummy!ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 11:35 pm

    Stacey Steinbach - White peach sangria and here is the recipe I use: http://wine.about.com/od/howwineismade/r/Whitelightsangr.htm.ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 12:09 am

    Calli - strawberry daiquris!ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 12:26 am

    Michelle Doherty - Home made lemonade with a sprig of rosemary and a shot of vodka :)ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 1:55 am

    Maybelline Mendoza - Passion fruit lemonade unsweetened with just a hint of honey. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 2:46 am

    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com - That rosemary simple syrup sounds divine!ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 6:31 am

    Joanne - I never really believe my body will stop craving certain foods as the weather gets warmer but it always happens, like clockwork. One thing I always love is Honest Tea! That’s one of my favorite fun drinks to get to go with my lunch. I love the cocktail you made with it…honey and rosemary are such a great combo.ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 6:43 am

    Janet - I really love to drink water with spices and fruit in it.ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 7:43 am

    Carolyn - What a gorgeous, refreshing drink. Love the rosemary!ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 8:14 am

    Stacey M - On a super hot day I like a nice cold Dos XX!ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 8:25 am

    DessertForTwo - My favorite summer beverage is an icy cold gin + tonic!ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 8:47 am

    Leigh - Dark n Stormys!ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 1:45 pm

    Kristina N. - I love making sangria and adding a hint of whatever fruit is in season!ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 1:53 pm

    Stephanie - My favorite is Passion Iced Tea!ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 4:34 pm

    Chelsea - I love strawberry green tea!ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 5:00 pm

    Marcia - I love an old-fashioned unsweetened (black) iced tea!ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 5:18 pm

    Vanderbilt Wife - I’m a big Arnold Palmer fan. Or anything with peaches!ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 7:30 pm

    Madeline - I love iced tea with lemon.ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 9:16 pm

    Robin Moss - I love water with lemons and oranges cut up in it.ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 1:54 am

    Pat Joseph - I really like to make some sangria and sit/drink with friends.ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 3:04 am

    Robyn - A minty mojito is one of my warm weather favesReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 6:45 am

    green coffee extract weight loss - Thanks in favor of sharing such a good opinion, piece of writing is fastidious, thats why i have read it entirelyReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 7:46 am

    Toni - Ice cold water with a squeeze of fresh lemon…works every time. Something more fun, a green tea ginger gin sour made with gin, ginger simple syrup, lime juice, candied ginger and green tea. mmmm.ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 8:34 am

    Barb S. @ FL Mom's Blog - My favorites to drink during the summer are actually Iced or iced coffee! And I do love the Honest Tea Honey Green Tea—I can get it from my local Publix supermarket and from some areas on WDW property when my family goes to WDW!ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 10:05 am

    Seth - Half iced tea, half lemonade, also known as an Arnold Palmer.ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 10:18 am

    Jennifer - Just an old-fashioned iced tea!ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 10:20 am

    Russell van Kraayenburg - Where’d you get those glasses? They’re super adorable!ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 10:29 am

    Debbie - Margarita – on the rocks, with salt! Or a Corona with lime – takes me right back to the beach in Mexico every time!ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 1:24 pm

    M.C. - For an alcoholic beverage I do like Sangria especially if there are a few friends about. And definitely iced tea! :) Happy summer greetings!ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 1:51 pm

    Corbin - Lemonade is the way to go!ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 1:53 pm

    Molly Queen - Water with cucumbers and strawberries! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 2:30 pm

    Hilary - Pimm’s Cup, with fresh cucumber. :)ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 4:19 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - I love an ice cold ginger beer.ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 5:39 pm

    Sneh | Cook Republic - So refreshing! I love the idea of rosemary syrup. xReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 5:48 pm

    Jaime Lopez - This sounds so simple and delicious for a hot summer afternoon. I think I will be trying this out for myself very soon!

    – Jaime
    http://www.southonbroadway.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 6:43 pm

    nusrat2010 - Rosemary syrup sounds and smells incredibly beautiful :)ReplyCancel

  • May 23, 2013 - 2:27 am

    Shelley Annem - white wine, soda water and fruit, such as raspberries, over ice. My kind of wine spritzer :)ReplyCancel

  • May 23, 2013 - 11:30 am

    Barb | Creative Culinary - Margaritas made with all fresh ingredients and good tequila; still my summertime favorite.ReplyCancel

  • May 23, 2013 - 1:39 pm

    Greg Henry - Maybe you’re an alien from Los Angeles. It’s almost (nearly) always 76 and sunny here. GREGReplyCancel

  • May 23, 2013 - 10:56 pm

    PPL - I need to know too – where did you get those highball glasses, SO adorable?!ReplyCancel

    • May 23, 2013 - 11:28 pm

      Brian @ A Thought For Food - I actually got them from Ikea. :-)ReplyCancel

  • May 24, 2013 - 12:39 am

    Heather Goesch - Water with cucumber and mint leaves! Simple, simple.ReplyCancel

  • May 24, 2013 - 1:46 am

    Debbie Bray - unsweetened iced tea with fresh lemonReplyCancel

  • May 24, 2013 - 5:12 pm

    rachel - I love iced tea or iced coffee!!ReplyCancel

  • May 24, 2013 - 5:36 pm

    Honey Green Tea & Rosemary Refresher | Honest Tea Blog - […] libation created by our friend Brian Samuels—photographer, blogger and adventurous pescatarian at A Thought For Food.  This lively mixer is sure to make your taste buds sing—think citrus meets earthy notes of […]ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2013 - 12:50 pm

    Jessica w - my favorite drinks are lemonade, ice tea, and any cocktailsReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2013 - 7:57 pm

    Kellie Allen - iced tea with lemon!ReplyCancel

  • May 26, 2013 - 2:14 am

    Catherine - I love Arnold Palmers!ReplyCancel

  • May 26, 2013 - 7:42 am

    Karen - I love a tall glass of Campari and OJ — I can tell when I’ve got it right because the color is magnificent!ReplyCancel

  • May 26, 2013 - 12:46 pm

    Kim C. - I love Honest Tea and my favorite warm weather drink is actually Honest Tea’s Half & Half.ReplyCancel

  • May 26, 2013 - 8:22 pm

    Tracy - Diet Coke always. Just water if it’s really hot. And lemonade if we’re having a picnic.ReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2013 - 10:47 am

    Sippitysup - g&t. Big surprise, right? GREGReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2013 - 10:52 am

    Faye - Green Tea, seltzer, grapefruit juice, over ice. Make a simple syrup with grapefruit zest, sweeten to taste. A splash of vodka, later in the daytime!ReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2013 - 11:18 am

    Krista W.c - I adore iced coffee when the weather is warm!ReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2013 - 11:42 am

    Pat J - I live on ice water with some lemon or lime when its hot outsideReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2013 - 9:35 am

    Whitney - A mojito is my favorite drink when the weather is warm!ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2013 - 2:18 pm

    Anonymous - I love Honest Tea all flavors and water and lemon with lots of ice.ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2013 - 2:27 pm

    RomanHans - I love a good Arnold Palmer. That way I don’t have to decide if I want an iced tea or a lemonade.ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2013 - 2:55 am

    Hé Ré A - I love a nice big glass (or pitcher) of ice water on a hot summer day! Sounds simple, but it works for me. :)ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2013 - 2:28 pm

    Karen S - My favorite warm weather drink different kinds of iced teas with fruit added!ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2013 - 2:45 pm

    Joe - Water or iced tea with fresh mint muddled in itReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2013 - 5:46 pm

    chuck p - Pimm’s and honest tea half and half-50% over ice-refreshing with a buzzReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2013 - 6:32 pm

    Marilyn Walker - I have to admit simple is better for me on a really hot day. I love an ice cold IPA with fresh squeezed limon juice.ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2013 - 6:44 pm

    Toni Alva - I make fresh iced tea daily and add fresh sliced fruits like oranges, lemons, strawberries and my new fav, slice watermellon.ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2013 - 5:13 pm

    Anonymous - homemade iced tea, lemonade or iced coffee…can’t choose which one!ReplyCancel

  • June 11, 2013 - 10:35 pm

    Eric Rodgers - I like nearly anything with mint in the summer — iced tea by day, mojitos by evening.ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2013 - 6:05 pm

    Honey Green Tea & Rosemary Refresher | Honest Tea Blog - […] by Brian Samuels—photographer, blogger and adventurous pescatarian at A Thought For Food.  Click here to read how to make this lively […]ReplyCancel

  • June 22, 2013 - 12:39 am

    marla - Refreshing indeed & I love those vintage glasses!ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2013 - 5:18 pm

    Claudia Schuster Burdick - Moroccan mint tea with a splash of real ginger ale.ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 8:25 pm

    Maybelline Mendoza - Slightly obsessed with Honest Tea drinks. Mmmmm!!ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 1:55 pm

    Stefano M. Rivolta - also: ice cubes with chopped cucumbers and fresh mint frozen inside.ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 6:32 pm

    Molly Queen - I might have to try that…tonight. ReplyCancel

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