Brighten up your next winter meal with this Cold Brew Cranberry Citrus Iced Tea. Cranberry juice and fresh citrus juice combine with fresh-brewed black tea to create this vibrant winter-inspired beverage.
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It’s been a whirlwind of activity around here over the course of the past couple of weeks and I’m here today to share this delicious winter beverage and a little glimpse into our home and our holiday preparations with you all.
Ever since my boys reached college age I’ve become super motivated to get my house in order before they return home from school for their winter break. It’s so nice to get the cleaning, organizing, planning, and decorating out of way so I can quickly shift my focus to cooking, baking, and all of the entertaining that takes place at this time of year. My youngest, Adam, and his girlfriend, Mika, arrived last week and we had our hands full in the days leading up to their homecoming.
Thankfully, I had some help.
These super convenient LIPTON Cold Brew Iced Tea bags make the task of brewing a pitcher of fresh-brewed iced tea incredibly fast and easy. No need to boil any water – just add the tea bags to a pitcher of cool water and let it brew for 5 minutes.
I added cranberry juice, fresh citrus juice, sugar, and orange and lemon slices to the fresh-brewed iced tea to create this festive winter-inspired beverage that adds a special touch to any meal.
The task of decorating our great big 9-foot tree inspired me to do something a little different this year with my table setting.
I made use of the clippings from the bottom branches of our Christmas tree along with some apples, pine cones and votives to create a festive tablescape that can stay in place all through the holidays. The cheerful little birds came from my existing collection of holiday decorations and they seemed right at home in the rustic pine scene. I found the wood-planked tray at Home Goods and thought it was the perfect place to hold my beverage pitcher, serving dishes, or a vase of fresh flowers.
I picked up some pretty plaid place mats and used my very simple white plates topped with a red accent plate to complete the festive theme. This cost very little to put together and it’s added such a pretty touch to the room.
The key to saving money is using what you already have on hand. If you don’t have a fresh Christmas tree check the floral department of your grocery store for some inexpensive Christmas greens. Use holiday ornaments from your own collection and add fresh items like pine cones, apples or pomegranates.
Whether you’re serving a simple, casual meal or having a more elaborate holiday gathering, it’s so nice to have the table set and ready for holiday entertaining with a tablescape that can stay in place as part of your holiday decor.
When our family gathers together for any reason the gathering would not be complete without a meal. It doesn’t have to be anything complex or difficult, as a matter of fact I like to keep it very simple – a pasta dish, a pot of soup, stew or chili, or one of my many go-to slow cooker meals are all great choices. All of these meal ideas pair perfectly with a pitcher of fresh-brewed iced tea.
I hope your holidays are merry and bright and filled with love, laughter, and lasting memories!
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- 2 Lipton Cold Brew Tea Bags
- 8 cups cool water
- 1-1/2 cups cranberry juice cocktail
- 4 oranges
- 4 lemons
- 1/3 cup sugar, or more if a sweeter tea is desired
- frozen cranberries for garnish, optional
- Pour cool water over the teas bags in a 2-1/2 to 3 quart pitcher. Allow tea to brew for 5 minutes, dunking the tea bags occasionally. Remove and discard tea bags.
- Juice two of the oranges and two of the lemons and combine with sugar in a measuring cup or mixing bowl. Stir and allow the juice and sugar mixture to sit for a minute or two to dissolve sugar. Add cranberry juice and sweetened citrus juice to the pitcher and stir to combine.
- Slice remaining oranges and lemons and add to the pitcher, reserving some for garnishing individual servings. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Pour over ice and garnish with sliced citrus and frozen cranberries, if desired.