**Read til the end for your chance to win an assortment of teas from Lipton!**
I had a chance to catch up with Mario Lopez and NYC mixologist Scott Fitzgerald recently about how they achieve the “Taste of Summer” with Lipton!
Beauty and the Feast: Why did you decide to collaborate with Lipton?
Mario Lopez: Lipton was a staple in the Lopez house! I grew up with my mom always having Lipton iced tea in the fridge. Now, with my own family it’s a staple in the kitchen too.
BATF: How do you get a ‘taste of summer’?
Lopez: We grew up in San Diego and blessed with beautiful weather year round. I love the outdoors, hiking, swimming — I’m all about it. I really think being outdoors and having a cold glass of iced tea is a great way to celebrate summer. It really makes me nostalgic of home.
BATF: What are some of your favorite things to do during summertime in NYC?
Lopez: I love New York. I was just there for a week. The great thing about NYC is that there’s always a lot of things going on. There’s a lot of culture, great restaurants, a great music scene. I always try to catch a show when I’m out there. The people are really cool, the energy is just great.
BATF: What are your favorite Lipton drinks?
Lopez: I really like the White Citrus Sangria and Berried Green Iced Tea with Pomegranate. I wouldn’t link up with a company unless I really believed in it, and I love that Lipton is all about really getting the taste of summer with their teas. If you want to take it up a notch, you can add bourbon to these iced tea cocktails. It’s cool to experiment with all the flavors.
I also had a chance to talk to Fitzgerald, who gave me some of his favorite drink recipes for the summer. “I’m in LA right now, and the sun is beating down on us,” he said over the phone. “So, I definitely appreciate these recipes. They hit the spot and really go with the whole theme of ‘getting a taste of summer.'” Check out his recipes in the videos below of his beloved summer mocktails:
Mint Tea Julep
2 sprigs fresh mint
1 bottle of Lipton Diet Green Tea with Citrus
Add 2/3 cups fresh squeezed orange juice
Stir and pour in glass. Garnish with mint and serve.
Berried Green Iced tea with Pomegranate
Get 1 bottle of chilled water, empty in carafe
Add 1 Lipton Tea & Honey Blackberry Pomegranate Iced Green Tea Mix Pitcher Packet, and stir.
Add a quarter cup of sliced strawberries and whole blueberries
Add ice and stir
How are you getting a taste of summer? Lipton’s ready to help! I’m going to give ONE winner an assortment of Lipton teas (Lipton Tea & Honey Blackberry Pomegranate, Honey Mango Pineapple, Half & Half Berry Lemonade Decaf, Diet Green Tea with Citrus, Diet Green Tea Mixed Berry).
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