Sip and Savor: Drinks for Party and Porch: Drinks for Party and Porch

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All-season teas, lemonades, nectars, fizzes, cordials, punches, and more!

Garden goodness goes into these drinks, from the freshest of summer goodies to the delights of fall or a dose of warmth on a chilly winter’s eve. Here are recipes for delectable nonalcoholic libations perfect for parties or for relaxing at home.

Liven up a simple syrup with herbs, or garnish the glass with an added touch from the orchard or garden. Easy fruity drinks and ...

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Overview

All-season teas, lemonades, nectars, fizzes, cordials, punches, and more!

Garden goodness goes into these drinks, from the freshest of summer goodies to the delights of fall or a dose of warmth on a chilly winter’s eve. Here are recipes for delectable nonalcoholic libations perfect for parties or for relaxing at home.

Liven up a simple syrup with herbs, or garnish the glass with an added touch from the orchard or garden. Easy fruity drinks and creamy milkshakes, along with dressed-up teas make perfect ideas for your next tête à tête. A few special cake and breads recipes, plus stories and history capture the traditional experience of entertaining on the porch.

From favorite family recipes and fun recollections of childhood to modern twists on classic toasts, Sip & Savor will wet your whistle with a host of beverages, plus a few cakes and tarts, that can be sipped and savored for years to come.

JAMES T . FARMER III is the author of A Time to Plant: Southern-Style Garden Living. His company, James Farmer Designs, specializes in floral design for weddings and parties as well as home interior and landscape design.

James is a proponent of garden living and entertaining. He collects traditional Southern recipes and gives them a healthier twist for today’s tastes. He has appeared on the Today Show as well as regional television. His work has been featured in Southern Living and Traditional Home, among other magazines, and he is a regular contributor to Southern Living. He lives in Kathleen, Georgia. Find him at www.JamesFarmer.com.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781423624844
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 353,398
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

James T. Farmer III is the author of A Time to Plant. His company, James Farmer Designs, specializes in landscape and interior design. James is a proponent of garden living and entertaining, or weaving the bounties of the garden into your daily life. Find him at www.James.Farmer.com. He lives in Kathleen, Georgia.

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Farmer's Tea

Makes about 2 pitchers

8 to 10 cups water, divided

4 tea bags of your choice

1 tea bag Earl Grey

1 1/2 cups sugar

Lime wedge for garnish

Bring 6–7 cups of water to a rolling boil. Add 4 bags of Lipton (or whatever brand you prefer) and 1 bag of Earl Grey and remove from heat. Let the tea bags steep for about 5 minutes near the warm eye of the stove.

In a separate saucepan, add 1 1/2 cups of sugar to about 2–3 cups of water (I use a 1: 2 ratio) over medium-low heat; stir until sugar is dissolved and the water becomes a somewhat clear syrup. If you let the sugar water continue to boil, you’ll have the makings for candy and not tea!

Combine the steeped tea and simple syrup in a large pitcher, or split between two half-gallon pitchers. If you’re using a glass pitcher, be sure to have a metal knife or spoon to pour the tea over so the hot liquid doesn’t bust the glass.
Fill the pot with the tea bags in it one more time with water and add that water to the pitcher; you can add a bit more water to suite your taste. Stir with a long knife or spoon. Serve over ice and with wedges of lime. Remember, tea continues to steep or “get stronger” as it sits, so it’s weakest when first made).

Summer Herb Peach Tea

I love tea. I love summertime. I love peaches. Mix them all together and I’m simply thrilled! This is an easy and elegant drink that looks great in crystal goblets or Mason jars, and it pairs well with many meals or can simply be served as a starter beverage. This drink is one that changes as summer progresses. My herb availability waxes and wanes and different peach varieties come into season. For a twist, you can use white peaches. Regardless, one thing does not change, and that is how divine this drink is!

Makes about 7 cups

3 bags chamomile tea

6 cups water

1 handful herb leaves (equal parts rosemary, basil, lemon thyme, mint, lavender or some of your favorites)

2 peaches cut into wedges;

reserve some for garnish

Peach nectar, honey, or simple

syrup, optional

Bring water to a boil and add the tea bags and herbs. Allow to steep for 5 minutes. Pour the tea and herbs through a fine mesh strainer into your serving or storage container. Add peach wedges and allow them to infuse the tea while it is warm.

If you care to sweeten, use peach nectar, honey, or simple syrup. This tea is naturally flavorful, so sweetening this concoction simply gilds the lily. Garnish with peach wedges and mint.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Simple Syrups are Simply Fabulous! 5

Teas & Cafés 8

Citrus & Nectars 30

Fizzes & Sparklers 46

Cordials & Punches 56

Milky Concoctions 80

Water Infusions 90

Index 95

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