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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DeeMay 20, 2013 - 2:31 am

I love herbal tea when it’s hot outside.

Amy OrlandiMay 20, 2013 - 4:11 am

I love lavender lemon water!

TieghanMay 20, 2013 - 8:50 am

This is such a perfect summer drink!

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 :)

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarMay 20, 2013 - 9:10 am

This looks so good!! Omg, LOVE that Louis CK special! Have you seen the new “Oh My God” tour?? This is my fav segment:

Marnely Rodriguez-MurrayMay 20, 2013 - 10:24 am

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!?

Sarah H.P.May 20, 2013 - 10:53 am

I love lemonade!!!

Brittany BurkeMay 20, 2013 - 12:04 pm

I love a spicy margarita!

Alison LewisMay 20, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Homemade strawberry lemonade! Great photos by the way.

LisaMay 20, 2013 - 12:40 pm

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

eleanorMay 20, 2013 - 2:38 pm

I love half and half. Tazo Passion Tea and Homemade Lemonade. Mmmm

MeredithMay 20, 2013 - 3:23 pm

My favorite warm-weather beverage is lemonade!

WhitneyMay 20, 2013 - 5:08 pm

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

BabsMay 20, 2013 - 5:43 pm

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

dixya| Food, Pleasure, and HealthMay 20, 2013 - 5:52 pm

alcoholic – gin & tonic with lime is my goto drink and non-alcoholic would have to be – green tea

BonnieMay 20, 2013 - 5:53 pm

Tanqueray and tonic with lots of limes.

ChristinaMay 20, 2013 - 6:24 pm

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

AlisonMay 20, 2013 - 6:34 pm

Iced tea and vodka tonic with a large piece of lime

SarahMay 20, 2013 - 6:35 pm

I love a good sidecar in the summer.

DorotheaMay 20, 2013 - 6:40 pm

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

Loretta | A Finn In The KitchenMay 20, 2013 - 6:58 pm

I love ice cold kombucha flavored with lime and strawberries!

libbyMay 20, 2013 - 8:01 pm

My favorite is iced sweet tea

AudreyMay 20, 2013 - 8:02 pm

Smoothies with lots of ice.

SzkentMay 20, 2013 - 8:54 pm

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.

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspectiveMay 20, 2013 - 9:10 pm

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

Nadine Joy KurlandMay 20, 2013 - 9:25 pm

I’m a martini girl, all the way!

Liana Marie WhiteMay 20, 2013 - 9:26 pm

Ginsing Tea!

Ouida Duke LampertMay 20, 2013 - 9:36 pm

A gin and tonic with a little St. Germain

CellabellaMay 20, 2013 - 9:52 pm

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

MadelineMay 20, 2013 - 9:55 pm

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

Dawn Shelton ConnellyMay 20, 2013 - 10:35 pm

a fresh, frozen slushi w/ vodka of course :)

Leanna RMay 20, 2013 - 10:50 pm

Im a margarita gal but I also love cherry limeade.

Andrew FrishmanMay 20, 2013 - 10:55 pm

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

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Arthur in the Garden!May 20, 2013 - 11:31 pm

OH, that would be yummy!

Stacey SteinbachMay 20, 2013 - 11:35 pm

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

CalliMay 21, 2013 - 12:09 am

strawberry daiquris!

Michelle DohertyMay 21, 2013 - 12:26 am

Home made lemonade with a sprig of rosemary and a shot of vodka :)

Maybelline MendozaMay 21, 2013 - 1:55 am

Passion fruit lemonade unsweetened with just a hint of honey. Yum!

Kiran @ KiranTarun.comMay 21, 2013 - 2:46 am

That rosemary simple syrup sounds divine!

JoanneMay 21, 2013 - 6:31 am

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.

JanetMay 21, 2013 - 6:43 am

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

CarolynMay 21, 2013 - 7:43 am

What a gorgeous, refreshing drink. Love the rosemary!

Stacey MMay 21, 2013 - 8:14 am

On a super hot day I like a nice cold Dos XX!

DessertForTwoMay 21, 2013 - 8:25 am

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

LeighMay 21, 2013 - 8:47 am

Dark n Stormys!

Kristina N.May 21, 2013 - 1:45 pm

I love making sangria and adding a hint of whatever fruit is in season!

StephanieMay 21, 2013 - 1:53 pm

My favorite is Passion Iced Tea!

ChelseaMay 21, 2013 - 4:34 pm

I love strawberry green tea!

MarciaMay 21, 2013 - 5:00 pm

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

Vanderbilt WifeMay 21, 2013 - 5:18 pm

I’m a big Arnold Palmer fan. Or anything with peaches!

MadelineMay 21, 2013 - 7:30 pm

I love iced tea with lemon.

Maybelline MendozaMay 21, 2013 - 8:25 pm

Slightly obsessed with Honest Tea drinks. Mmmmm!!

Robin MossMay 21, 2013 - 9:16 pm

I love water with lemons and oranges cut up in it.

Pat JosephMay 22, 2013 - 1:54 am

I really like to make some sangria and sit/drink with friends.

RobynMay 22, 2013 - 3:04 am

A minty mojito is one of my warm weather faves

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ToniMay 22, 2013 - 7:46 am

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.

Barb S. @ FL Mom's BlogMay 22, 2013 - 8:34 am

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!

SethMay 22, 2013 - 10:05 am

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

JenniferMay 22, 2013 - 10:18 am

Just an old-fashioned iced tea!

Russell van KraayenburgMay 22, 2013 - 10:20 am

Where’d you get those glasses? They’re super adorable!

DebbieMay 22, 2013 - 10:29 am

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

M.C.May 22, 2013 - 1:24 pm

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

CorbinMay 22, 2013 - 1:51 pm

Lemonade is the way to go!

Molly QueenMay 22, 2013 - 1:53 pm

Water with cucumbers and strawberries! Yum!

Stefano M. RivoltaMay 22, 2013 - 1:55 pm

also: ice cubes with chopped cucumbers and fresh mint frozen inside.

HilaryMay 22, 2013 - 2:30 pm

Pimm’s Cup, with fresh cucumber. :)

Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceMay 22, 2013 - 4:19 pm

I love an ice cold ginger beer.

Sneh | Cook RepublicMay 22, 2013 - 5:39 pm

So refreshing! I love the idea of rosemary syrup. x

Jaime LopezMay 22, 2013 - 5:48 pm

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

- Jaime

Molly QueenMay 22, 2013 - 6:32 pm

I might have to try that…tonight.

nusrat2010May 22, 2013 - 6:43 pm

Rosemary syrup sounds and smells incredibly beautiful :)

Shelley AnnemMay 23, 2013 - 2:27 am

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

Barb | Creative CulinaryMay 23, 2013 - 11:30 am

Margaritas made with all fresh ingredients and good tequila; still my summertime favorite.

Greg HenryMay 23, 2013 - 1:39 pm

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

PPLMay 23, 2013 - 10:56 pm

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

Brian @ A Thought For FoodMay 23, 2013 - 11:28 pm

I actually got them from Ikea. :-)

Heather GoeschMay 24, 2013 - 12:39 am

Water with cucumber and mint leaves! Simple, simple.

Debbie BrayMay 24, 2013 - 1:46 am

unsweetened iced tea with fresh lemon

rachelMay 24, 2013 - 5:12 pm

I love iced tea or iced coffee!!

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Jessica wMay 25, 2013 - 12:50 pm

my favorite drinks are lemonade, ice tea, and any cocktails

Kellie AllenMay 25, 2013 - 7:57 pm

iced tea with lemon!

CatherineMay 26, 2013 - 2:14 am

I love Arnold Palmers!

KarenMay 26, 2013 - 7:42 am

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

Kim C.May 26, 2013 - 12:46 pm

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

TracyMay 26, 2013 - 8:22 pm

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

SippitysupMay 27, 2013 - 10:47 am

g&t. Big surprise, right? GREG

FayeMay 27, 2013 - 10:52 am

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!

Krista W.cMay 27, 2013 - 11:18 am

I adore iced coffee when the weather is warm!

Pat JMay 27, 2013 - 11:42 am

I live on ice water with some lemon or lime when its hot outside

WhitneyMay 28, 2013 - 9:35 am

A mojito is my favorite drink when the weather is warm!

AnonymousMay 28, 2013 - 2:18 pm

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

RomanHansMay 28, 2013 - 2:27 pm

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

Hé Ré AMay 29, 2013 - 2:55 am

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

Karen SMay 30, 2013 - 2:28 pm

My favorite warm weather drink different kinds of iced teas with fruit added!

JoeMay 30, 2013 - 2:45 pm

Water or iced tea with fresh mint muddled in it

chuck pMay 30, 2013 - 5:46 pm

Pimm’s and honest tea half and half-50% over ice-refreshing with a buzz

Marilyn WalkerMay 30, 2013 - 6:32 pm

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.

Toni AlvaMay 30, 2013 - 6:44 pm

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

AnonymousJune 5, 2013 - 5:13 pm

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

Eric RodgersJune 11, 2013 - 10:35 pm

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

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marlaJune 22, 2013 - 12:39 am

Refreshing indeed & I love those vintage glasses!

Claudia Schuster BurdickJuly 2, 2013 - 5:18 pm

Moroccan mint tea with a splash of real ginger ale.

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