February 19, 2016

Strawberry Tea Punch Recipe {For the Sweetest Mother-Daughter Tea Party!}

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Planning a tea party, shower, or brunch?  Look no further than this Strawberry Tea Punch recipe for a perfectly-delicious, crowd-pleasing punch to serve up!

Strawberry Tea Punch ~ A amazingly delicious, crowd-pleasing punch!  Perfect for a tea party, bridal shower, or brunch.   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


So, let's say you get the most wonderful blessing of welcoming a 5-year-old little girl into your family.  And let's say one of said 5-year-old little girl's favorite things to do is to play 'tea party.'  What do you do?

Throw her a tea party, of course!!

Yes, just a short seven weeks ago, my husband and I were bestowed the amazing blessing of welcoming Little Miss H (as I refer to her here on the blog) into our home and family.  She is a full-of-life, high-spirited, ever-active, sweet, kind, and loving little girl who has immediately stolen our hearts.

So how could I resist hosting the sweetest little Mother-Daughter tea party for this sweet little girl?  The short answer? ~  I couldn't.  After many a-nights of my husband and me being served pretend cups of tea after dinner, I decided it was time for Little Miss H to experience the real thing.

One afternoon after school, we invited a few friends and Grandma over, decked out the dining room in glittery pink and purple {in honor of Little Miss H's favorite colors, of course}, broke out the fine china tea cups, and had ourselves a lovely little classic afternoon tea ... mother-and-daughter style.  It was so sweet to see Little Miss H's excited anticipation of the party ... and so sweet to watch her enjoy it and take it all in!

Of course, no proper tea party is complete without tasty nibbles and a wonderful selection of teas, right?  I served up a mix of some of my favorite savory and sweet little-bite treats ... Crescent Sausage Bites, Spinach Balls, Pound Cake Cookies, Chocolate Chess Pie Tartlets, and Little Miss's favorite Strawberry Cheesecake Strawberry Bites ... all accompanied by a fabulous selection of Lipton teas ...

Strawberry Tea Punch ~ A amazingly delicious, crowd-pleasing punch!  Perfect for a tea party, bridal shower, or brunch.   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

Strawberry Tea Punch ~ A amazingly delicious, crowd-pleasing punch!  Perfect for a tea party, bridal shower, or brunch.   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

... and a big punch bowl full of this gorgeous oh-so-delicious Strawberry Tea Punch.

Strawberry Tea Punch ~ A amazingly delicious, crowd-pleasing punch!  Perfect for a tea party, bridal shower, or brunch.   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

Besides it's fabulous flavor, do you want to know what I love best about this Strawberry Tea Punch recipe?  Little Miss H and I created the recipe together!

The Saturday afternoon before our tea party, Little Miss and I spent some time together testing out my tea punch ideas.  We created small batches of four different punch ideas using Lipton's new black and herbal tea varieties, as well as one of their newly improved green teas ~ Orange Passionfruit Jasmine Green Tea.  {Total yum, by the way!  The bold flavors of Lipton's new teas most definitely put a refreshing spin on tea drinking!}

And let me just tell you, Little Miss is a recipe developer & taste-testing natural!  She pulled her stepping stool right up to our kitchen island, asked to taste each ingredient on it's own before it was added to the punch, and tasted each punch every step of the way as we were creating it.  

It was so sweet ~ We each had a tasting glass, and after the addition of each ingredient, I would scoop out a small spoonful into our tasting glasses.  We'd take a sip ... and deliver our verdict ... "It's good," was usually Little Miss's assessment after the mixing of the first two ingredients.  After adding the next ingredient, I'd get an emphatic "Better."  After the next? ...  a resounding "Even better!"  A natural in the kitchen right there, I say.

 Little Miss's absolute favorite ... and the one we decided to serve at our tea party ... was this Strawberry Tea Punch recipe ... made with frozen strawberry daiquiri mix, pink lemonade, and black tea.

Strawberry Tea Punch ~ A amazingly delicious, crowd-pleasing punch!  Perfect for a tea party, bridal shower, or brunch.   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

With it's bold aroma and unique flavor twist on traditional black tea, we chose Lipton's Stirring Ceylon Black Tea as the base of our Strawberry Tea Punch.  Little Miss sure enjoyed helping create the recipe ... and then enjoyed sipping the punch from her china tea cup on the day of our party even more!

Strawberry Tea Punch ~ A amazingly delicious, crowd-pleasing punch!  Perfect for a tea party, bridal shower, or brunch.   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

For those guests wanting a more traditional tea experience, we also served up Lipton's new Orange Passionfruit Jasmine Green Tea and Daring English Breakfast Black Tea in the 'traditional' hot tea form ... 

Strawberry Tea Punch ~ A amazingly delicious, crowd-pleasing punch!  Perfect for a tea party, bridal shower, or brunch.   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

... and then, courtesy of Lipton, sent our guests with a selection of Lipton teas to continue the enjoyment at home.  Because who says the fun of a party has to end when the party ends, right?

Strawberry Tea Punch ~ A amazingly delicious, crowd-pleasing punch!  Perfect for a tea party, bridal shower, or brunch.   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

I think it's fair to say that Little Miss H thoroughly enjoyed her first 'real thing' tea party ... and so did I.  I'm thrilled, blessed, and honored to have been able to share in the experience with her ... and look forward to enjoying many more mother-daughter tea parties with her.  Real or pretend ... either way is fine with me ~ they're both  wonderfully sweet and delicious experiences to share.

Check out the full line-up of Lipton Green, Black and Herbal tea flavors here.

Strawberry Tea Punch ~ A amazingly delicious, crowd-pleasing punch!  Perfect for a tea party, bridal shower, or brunch.   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com
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Strawberry Tea Punch Recipe
Source:  A Tracey {& Little Miss H} creation
(Printable recipe)
Ingredients
  • 8 c. boiling water
  • 6 tea bags of Lipton Stirring Ceylon or Daring English Breakfast Black Tea
  • 2 T. granulated sugar
  • 1 (6 oz.) can frozen strawberry daiquiri mix, thawed
  • 1 (6 oz.) can frozen pink lemonade, thawed
  • 3/4 c. (6 oz.) pineapple juice
  • 4 c. ginger ale
  • 1 to 2 c. sliced strawberries
  • 1 lemon, sliced {optional for garnish}
Directions
  1. Pour boiling water over tea bags and steep for 10 minutes; remove and squeeze out tea bags. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Chill until cooled.
  2. In a punch bowl or large container, combine strawberry daiquiri mix, pink lemonade, pineapple juice, and chilled tea. Stir until well combined.
  3. Just before serving, add ginger ale, sliced strawberries, and lemon slices {if using}.
Enjoy!



Check out the full line-up of Lipton Green, Black and Herbal tea flavors here.
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12 comments:

  1. A wonderful reason for a tea party!!! This tea sounds amazing too. I'm going to have to try this with the gals in my family. :)

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    1. Thank you, Fuzzy Slippers! Yes, I highly recommend enjoying this punch for a tea party with the gals in your family ... it was a very fun afternoon. Enjoy!

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  2. A fun afternoon...and....the tea was delish!

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  3. ohmygoodnessohmygoodness! What a precious post that stirred me deeply. How exciting and blessed each of you are. What a FUN party to begin her journey with you...I just love it. And to send tea home with guests? Perfect! Oh the wonderful things you'll be learning from each other. So happy for you all. XO P.S. Thanks for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. =)

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    1. Oh, thank you so much for your heartfelt kind words, Marsha! Parenthood is a journey we're thrilled to be embarking on!!

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  4. This looks lovely and it's actually made with real tea. I'm pinning it now

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  5. So tickled to tell you this lovely recipe, and post, are being featured at this week's Weekend Potluck party. So happy for you and the new journey you're on! Warmest wishes to your family. http://www.thebetterbaker.blogspot.com/2016/02/loaded-potato-ranch-chicken-casserole.html

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  6. I pinned this for my Bunco group...they will love it and I'll get one of the pretty clear glass beverage server for it....so pretty
    here from Miz Helen's

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  7. Such a fun looking tea - Thanks for sharing!! (Love your pictures!)

    I just wanted to drop a note and invite you to come join us at Sunday's Simple Homemaker Link-Up. Would love to have you link-up!! http://www.prairiegalcookin.com/sundays-simple-homemaker-1st-weekly-link-up

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  8. What a awesome punch! Thanks so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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