5/21/08

Passion Tea- Lemonade Sorbet

Blah! Bleeech!

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.

20 comments:

Mental P Mama said...

Now even I could do this. That is a beautiful treat. How many tea bags per quart did you use?

lcsa99 said...

LOL that stuff sounds awesome. Though I don't know if I could actually enjoy it cause I would be giggling the whole time, thinking of your fall-and-get-hurt-throw-up-on-paramedic fantasy......maybe if I add in a he-falls-madly-in-love-with-me-anyway ending *g*

QueenofPlanetHotflash said...

looks great, whenever it decides not to be winter here I'm going to try it, I'm gonna be brave and add alcohol to it..bring on the paramedics and vicodan lol

Leah said...

Oh my gosh Krysta, you are so flippin' creative. Turning my favorite summertime beverage into a sorbet/granita/vodka slushie would never even occur to me; then again, I always tell people that I've never really had an original thought!

Your stories are too hilarious. Maybe I should try some vicodan and vodka to get my creative juices flowing!!

Love the pink and lime together. My two favorite colors. ;-)

www.potsandpins.com said...

Even though I live in Starbucks land, and our company's office is across the street from Their Holy Corporate Shrine...I do not drink their coffee...I'd rather spend my $5 someplace else...but..."passion" anything always catches my eye so I guess I'll humble myself and go buy some of their tea so I can make this sorbet - which sounds fantastic...but if I have to wait until we have a HOT DAY I might be waiting until August! It's freezing again outside!

Asthmagirl said...

No ice cream maker, but I can whirl it in the blender with some ice, yes? And a bit of rum.... if it ever warms up again!

Sandy said...

Mm, that was weird. I tried to leave a comment. Sorbet looks delic! No more SB trips for us - we bought our own espresso machine and grind out own beans. MM! YUM and the best way to start a morning off :)

noble pig said...

Ugh, this dang wind just kills me, I hate it.

I like the granita idea...very cool..it looks so darn refreshing!

jack's utter lack of surprise said...

passion tea IS yummalicious.

Simply...Gluten-free said...

Looks delish. HEre is my opinion of Starbucks. It's not the best but it is not the worst and at least it is consistant - no matter where you go it is the same so in a strange sity I head for Starbuck cuz I know what I will get!

michelle @ TNS said...

you know, i knew my husband was my dream man when i puked all over him and he very politely cleaned everything up - and this was before we were dating.

this sorbet looks freaking awesome; i've never had passion tea lemonade.

Undomestic Diva said...

and you add the alcohol where?

OMG this looks so refreshing. I need to write this down. I think this just might be a recipe I could handle.

Krysta said...

*mental mama... i fixed the recipe to reflect my error of how many tea bags! sorry, still learning how to write my own recipes.

*asthma chickaroo... my dear weezy one, i think if you just add some light flavored rum and blended you would be good to go.

*ud... i hate calling you that 'cause it sounds like iud... so it's the diva... i'd blend it with some ice and add alcohol. don't even bother with making it into a sorbet. you might blow something up and have to make a trip to the er.

*smackdown... that's a good man you have there and have some passion tea it's good.

Mayberry Magpie said...

This is going to sound totally random, but then I'm a freak that way?

What is the wooden surface you take your photos on? Is it a table? A cutting board? It looks so homey and so charming and so well used, I can't stop thinking about it.

Mayberry Magpie

P.S. The sorbet looks terrific, too.

White On Rice Couple said...

The WORC household has differences when it comes to Starbucks. This discussion could take hours, we'll save it for later.
But this sorbet certainly sounds yummy!! I'll make it when it gets blistering hot again, darn yo-yo-ing weather. It was raining down here today! WTF?!

Jules said...

This looks like the perfect ending to our Memorial Day BBQ!

tina said...

This sounds amazing and I will try it. But in Boston it is still 60 degrees and not quite sorbet weather yet. I hope it heats up already. Also, you write entertaining entries. =)

Me! said...

Sounds tasty. I suspect the reason it is more granita like is you need more non water substances in it to prevent the formation of larger water crystals. This could be accomplished with a lot of sugar (though that would make it taste ridiculously sweet) or some sort of alcohol, ie 2 tablespoons alcohol per pint of water or 1/2 cup alcohol for your 2 quart recipe. Hope that helps!

Rebecca @ foodiewithfamily.com said...

Wow. You are sick. I like you.
Thanks for the recipe. I'll be making a few of these this weekend. I have five kids so I think I need to drink one more of these than you did.

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