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Summer Cooler ~ Pearango ~ by Linda Villano

Monday, June 29th 2015 @ 10:48 AM

 Here’s a quick recipe for a delicious summer cooler.

 

PEARANGO

Adaptation of a non-alcoholic mocktail created by Shawn Harris for Tales of the Toddy (2009)

INGREDIENTS

.5 oz SerendipiTea’s  What a Pear Tea (Organic China Green Tea, Organic Pear, Natural Pear Flavor) Find it here.

48 oz hot water (heat to approximately 180°)

2 oz mango purée (store-bought or homemade)

4-6 torn mint leaves for garnish

1 lemon cut into wheels for garnish

 

DIRECTIONS

Prepare tea concentrate by steeping .5 oz loose What a Pear in 48 oz hot water for 3-4 minutes. Strain tea leaves, let liquid cool to room temperature then store in refrigerator while preparing mango puree.

 

Mango puree is best made from soft mangos.  Peel, then place cut mango pieces into a food processor; process until very smooth stopping frequently to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Transfer purée to a container.  If store-bought is preferred, I’m partial toward The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley for exceptional quality and a fantastic selection of flavors all of which are manufactured there on-site.  Here’s a look at their field-to-jar process:  www.perfectpuree.com/index.php/Highlights/field-to-jar-video.html .

 

Stir puree into the iced tea and combine completely.  Keep refrigerated.  When ready to serve, pour each serving into a cocktail shaker with ice and give a good shake.  Choose your preferred technique.

 

 

Garnish with fresh mint leaves and lemon wheels. 

 

NOTE: In a feature article entitled “Tales of the Toddy invites locals to get into the spirits of the holiday season” in The Times-Picayune (November 11, 2014), Ann Tuennerman, founder of Tales of the Cocktail and Tales of the Toddy, describes the event as “a celebration of the incredible bartending and culinary talent we have in New Orleans….New Orleans'  bartender talent continues to grow and we thought it would be fun to involve more talent and for friends to collaborate on a cocktail concept." 

Enjoy!

 
~ Linda Villano, SerendipiTea

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LINDA VILLANO co-founded SerendipiTea.com in 1995 with Tomislav Podreka. With a passion for all things Tea, she oversees all aspects of the business; including client consulting, concept and design, staff training, sourcing and product development (recipe creations). Having grown up in a family of restaurateurs and chefs, she considers her role as a purveyor of premium teas & tisanes a natural continuation of her family’s culinary tradition.   Linda is a published illustrator and writer. Her illustrations appear in Tomislav Podreka’s book, SerendipiTea: a guide to the varieties, origins and rituals of tea, and she writes articles about tea for trade publications.

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