This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Milo’s Tea Company, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #PassTheMilos http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV
I wouldn’t be the southern woman I am today without gallons of sweet tea and gumption as a dominant gene. Groomed to be refined yet resourceful in every way, my holiday parties always include a pretty-as-punch bowl filled with my favorite Milo’s Tea concoction and show-stopping ice ring made with a few simple ingredients from the icebox and herb garden. And, unlike many libations served this time of year, sweet tea is a drink that the entire family can enjoy.
You absolutely MUST make my Citrus Cranberry Tea Punch and Holiday Ice Ring this Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years or whenever! Not only is it a beverage, but can double up as a stunning. simple and super budget-friendly centerpiece for any celebration:Of course, this festive centerpiece is going to be slurped away by family and friends quicker than the ice ring can melt down. That’s why I keep a couple extra gallons of Milo’s Tea and juice in the cooler to refresh the punch bowl, likitysplit. You are missing out on an award-winning, bona fide good thing if you’ve never tried Milo’s Tea. It’s fresh brewed, features natural ingredients and zero preservatives, added acids or fake coloring. The sweetened with pure cane sugar variety is super famous, but there are no calorie and unsweet options available too — as well as lemonade and tea/lemonade blend. And, I do declare, it’s quite convenient to not break a sweat brewing your own! And, you go girl, Milo’s Tea is a woman-owned, family business from Alabama that’s been around since 1946. Drink Milo’s and taste the difference!
So, let me share the how-to on Citrus Cranberry Tea Punch and Holiday Ice Ring. The tea punch is as simple as mixing together Milo’s Tea with a bit of ginger ale and cranberry juice – that’s it, three ingredients! My punch bowl holds about 2 gallons of liquid in addition to the ice ring, but you can do a little math to easily scale this recipe up or down to accommodate the size of your shindig.
Do NOT be scared of making the ice ring, it’s just as easy as the tea punch. Ice rings are one of those little holiday secrets I hold near and dear to my heart (and, oops, am now blabbing about today). The end result looks like loads of time, effort and money was spent to delight guests, but, in reality the easy-peasy ice ring is a real blessing on your nerves and pocketbook.
Simply round up a vessel to use as the mold for what is, in essence, a super-sized, decorative ice cube. I used a vintage wreath-shaped Jello mold (told ya I was southern), but a Bundt pan or pie dish can work in a pinch. Next take slices of limes and lemons and lay around in clusters in a circular shape. Sprinkle in some cranberries here and there and then tuck in an abundance of mint leaves from the grocer or garden (my herb garden is still green as it’s been 75 degrees in December)! After the holiday “wreath” is arranged to your liking, VERY gently pour in a half-and-half mixture of lemonade and ginger ale (or non-alcoholic ginger beer if you love a super blast of ginger like me). Clear out a shelf in the freezer and carefully place the mold in to freeze overnight. To serve, just set out on the counter for a couple minutes until it is ready to slip out of the container and right into the punch.
You will not believe how even MORE amazing the tea punch becomes when the gingery, minty lemonade starts to melt in! Gather your guests ‘round and ladle into tall glasses filled with ice and toast, ‘May every heart and cup be full and sweet.”
Are you a sweet tea fan? Ever made an ice ring? What is your go-to holiday beverage? Please share in the comments – XOXO, Jennifer
This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Milo’s Tea Company, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #PassTheMilos http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV”