That's how I have felt for the last couple days. It's so bad that I know I shouldn't post until I'm feeling back to my normal perky, snarky self. Can you be both perky and snarky at the same time? Is that an oxymoron or am I an oxymoron? Since I'm blogging in live time, Sous Chef Nancy, all of ten years, read that last sentence over my shoulder and said, "Mom, it's because it's windy outside." Since she's been a baby, really windy days, like today, set her on edge. Maybe she's right, maybe it is the wind.
Everyone has opinion about Starbucks. Either they love it or can't stand it. I'm kind of indifferent to it. I can go either way, I'm a Starbucks switch hitter but that's because I'm not a true coffee drinker. I don't even own a coffee maker. I do like their shaken passion tea-lemonade (non-sweetened, please.) When it's hot, like the past couple days, it hits the spot.
If you have had passion tea, skip the next couple sentences while I talk about how this tastes... passion tea has hibiscus flowers, natural tropical flavors (huh?), licorice, orange peel, cinnamon, rose hips, and lemongrass. Now mix that with some lemonade and you have a great summer drink, it's just too bad they don't put a little paper umbrella in it. I'd pay more for that especially on a day like today, but then my umbrella would go flying out of my drink and poke me in the eye. Then I would trip and fall breaking two ribs and a femur, all the while that stupid song "umbrella, ella, ella, eh, eh, eh" would be stuck in my head. Then the paramedics would show up and more than likely it would be my gorgeous guitar playing high school crush/best friend throughout high school (yup, he's a paramedic) and for the pain he would give me some Vicodin, which I'm allergic to, though I don't tell him this, which would then make me itch and throw up my passion tea lemonade... all over him. I would be mortified and would never enjoy life again.
Last summer I had a light bulb go off in my head. This would make a great sorbet. So I googled and googled and googled and nothing came up. Crap! I've got to create my own recipe. The only problem I have had is it doesn't set up well for me. Everything is chilled and I follow the ice cream makers directions but doesn't want to turn in to a sorbet. Mine turns out more like an Italian ice or a granita but you know what, it's still very good and tastes great on a hot day. I think adding some vodka or making this into some sort of margarita. Hey, maybe I should have a couple drinks, that will improve my mood or maybe I'll just post the recipe and get this over with.
Passion Tea-Lemonade Sorbet:
1 Filterbag of the Tazo Iced Passion Tea, you can buy this at Starbucks or some grocery stores also carry it. If you can't find the iced tea bags about 3-4 bags of the regular Tazo Passion Tea.
1 quart of boiling water
1 quart if lemonade, I like Simply Lemonade
Brew Tazo Passion Tea according to directions on box. After the tea brews for 5 minutes, add one quart of lemonade instead of water. Let chill. I add a little agave nectar, about two tablespoons. You could add honey or a little simple syrup or do not add anything. Just adjust to your taste. Prepare chilled mixture to your ice cream makers directions.
And when it's finished you can sit back and enjoy the taste of Starbucks and summer without waiting in some god-forsaken long ass line, then you also won't trip and break a femur and throw up on the cute paramedic while singing "umbrella, ella, ella, eh, eh, eh." Look at all that pain and time I am saving you. Just make the damn sorbet is all I'm saying.