13 August 2012

Summer in a Glass

I don't know what it is about iced tea and lemonade, but it's what I love to drink in the summer, well, before 5:00 anyway. It's better than plain tea with a slice of lemon, it's less sweet than (most) straight lemonade. I do, however, draw the line at calling it by the name of a professional golfer. "Half lemonade, half iced tea, not too much ice" is what I ask for (otherwise they add too much ice and it's all watery before you're done).

But the other day, it occurred to me that there was no reason to buy one with my sandwich; I could just make it.



Assemble the ingredients:

1 fancy office Keurig machine
1 wide mouth pint Mason jar (with ring)
1 Cuppow lid
1 black tea K-cup
4 ounces lemonade (or, Joe's Summer Blend)
ice



Dump a bunch of ice cubes in the mason jar. Brew a four ounce cup of tea directly over the ice.



Top off with lemonade.

Expect everyone in your office to assume that you're drinking moonshine.



So, what's the Cuppow? It is a seriously clever little gizmo: a plastic insert for your Mason jar to turn it into a sippy cup/travel mug. Want one? I'm so enamored of mine (which I bought with my own scratch) that I asked the Cuppow people for one to give away. Comment on this post with a better name for this drink than that of a golfer; the best name wins, unless I get flummoxed and just draw names out of a Mason jar. Cuppow will ship it directly to you (but you'll have to supply your own Mason jar), so make sure that your email address is in your comment or you're properly logged in. Without an email address, I can't get in touch with you. (Comments close on 8/27.)

And no, no one paid me to write this post, and I bought my own Cuppow lid, and the office pays for the Keurig, and I bought my own lemonade at the Greenmarket, and of course, all of my opinions are my own.

20 comments:

freshhell said...

If I had a Mason jar, I'd enter. You could call the drink Sunshine - the opposite of Moonshine and the perfect drink for summer.

KarenLeah said...

I'd call it YellowJacket! (Yellow lemonaid & black tea)A drink with a bite! Cuppows look awesome!!! I will have to get one if I don't win one here.
~Karen
karenleah15@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Tea time shandy, or tea shandy if it's too close of a reference to golf ;). I've been wanting to get a cuppow. Fingers crossed!

Kim

K_ellis1981@yahoo.com

basketbabe said...

Since I don't know your real name I'd call it Magpie-shine!

Emily said...

I love freshhell's name of Sunshine. It is the perfect summer name for the perfect summer drink, and it is the opposite of moonshine, which is handy for correcting snarky comments.I however, would absolutely love a cuppow!
emilygilliam@gmail.com

readersguide said...

Honestly, I don't know why it's called after that golfer, but for me that name makes it impossible to think of another. Maybe in 50 years it will still be called than and no one will know why and it will be an interesting historical fact -- he was a golfer, you see. ?

susan said...

Another vote for Freshhell's suggestion of Sunshine. The other name that popped into my head was a tea shandy, I have to say, but Kim got there ahead of me. Feeling horribly unoriginal as I search for alternatives: Lemontea sounds too much like a lemon flavored tea. Tea-ade? Also bad. I am terrible at naming things.

Anonymous said...

It's gotta be Sunshine, that's brilliant. Sue (I can never get these comments to work, as I have no room in my brain for another password....)

Anonymous said...

It's gotta be Sunshine, that's brilliant. Sue (I can never get these comments to work, as I have no room in my brain for another password....)

Anonymous said...

It's gotta be Sunshine, that's brilliant. Sue (I can never get these comments to work, as I have no room in my brain for another password....)

Anonymous said...

It's gotta be Sunshine, that's brilliant. Sue (I can never get these comments to work, as I have no room in my brain for another password....)

mayberry said...

Sunshine! I love it! Although tea shandy is nice too. Mostly, I just like the part about your coworkers thinking you're slugging back homemade booze all afternoon.

Janet said...

I'd call it a Tilly:

Tea
Ice
Lemonade

because it reminds me of my grandmother and that was her name!
fondofsnape@gmail.com

Joybells said...

Much as I'd like to win the thingy, I too must vote for Sunshine.

Heide said...

I was inspired by this post to have a glass of iced tea with the juice of half a lemon (no sugar, though) yesterday afternoon. Delicious and incredibly refreshing. My cousins and I used to make half tea, half lemonade as kids; I'd forgotten about that.

Don't know what you should name the drink, though.

Kizz said...

I didn't even notice the TIL acronym and I was thinking of calling it Aunt Tillies Teetotaller. Also kind of like Aunt Nellie's Afternoon Knockback. Not sure why I'm obsessed with the aunt angle.

Liz W said...

I love this idea!!! But I don't have that machine; I dub the gizmo "sipperfect"????
mcew@mindspring.com
Liz

YourFireAnt said...

capcup

or alternatively, cupcap

YourFireAnt said...

siptop or slurptop.

MemeGRL said...

I am totally enamored of the cuppow and totally get why you loved it. Now I need mason jars. :) Kidding, I'm sure I have some someplace, and I love the idea of using them as glasses but the "oh, just use your crafting supplies to drill a straw-sized hole in the lid" posts were not working for me.
And much as I want the cuppow, I vote for Sunshine too. Though I used to call them my summer pick-me-up (before I knew they had another name) and that was shortened by small people in the house to summer-up. So that's what it was in my house, until the local place started selling it as "tea cooler," and alas for advertising, that's what it's called in our house now.