The Kitchen Prep: Brunch Week: Pineapple-Basil Tea

Monday, May 6, 2013

Brunch Week: Pineapple-Basil Tea

What's not to love about brunch?

It's late enough in the day that it doesn't require an early wake-up {I'm not a morning person}, and early enough that you don't have to feel guilty about spending a few hours nibbling and chatting with friends.

It allows for larger portions since you're combining two meals of the day. {Right?}

It makes drinking champagne or vodka before noon perfectly acceptable behavior.

It combines the best of breakfast and lunch with room for indulgences that don't usually appear until after dinner.

In short: Brunch rocks.

And this week, as we gear up for the culminating brunch event of the spring -- Mother's Day -- I'll be sharing a whole collection of brunch recipes compiled by a talented group of food bloggers who love brunch as much as I do. {Hi gals!}

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But the Brunch Bonanza doesn't just stop there. {Because what fun would that be?}

We're also going to be giving you an opportunity to win some absolutely fantastic prizes {20 of them, to be exact!} from the best sponsors. Ever.

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So cool, right?

You know what else is cool?

This refreshing Pineapple-Basil Tea.

I love pineapple anything. The sweet, tropical flavor just screams "relaxation" to me. Paired with herbal, fragrant basil and robust black tea, it's heaven in a glass. And the perfect beverage for a leisurely brunch with friends or family. It's an unexpected twist on a brunch staple, and the perfect thing to sip on while enjoying all of your favorite dishes.

Make sure to check out the other scrumptious recipes shared today by the lovely ladies of Brunch Week, and check back this week for many more brunch ideas!


Watermelon Rosemary Champagne Cocktail by Vanilla Lemonade
Pear Hibiscus Brunch Cocktail by Rachel Cooks
Strawberry Rose Sangria by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Mocha Frappuccino by Around My Family Table


Tomato and Mozzarella Quiche by Love and Confection
Cherry Tomato and Chorizo Omelette by Katie’s Cucina
Asparagus and Bacon Quicheby Confessions of an Overworked Mom

Meat, Poultry and Fish

Bacon Canap├ęs with Oranges and Maple Yogurt by Cook the Story
Chicken Bacon Ranch Panini by Sweet Remedy
Pancetta Wrapped Chicken by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner

Breads, Grains, Cereals and Pancake-type Yums

Spinach and Goat Cheese Muffins by Culinary Flavors
Overnight Blintz Bake by White Lights on Wednesday
Bananas Foster French Toast by by Cravings of a Lunatic


Cinnamon Raisin Bread by Katie’s Cucina
Mrs. Lund’s Fresh Plum Cake by The Vintage Cook Chocolate Chip Banana Bundt Cake by Take A Bite Out Of Boca Strawberry Scones by Kokocooks
Strawberry Mascarpone Tart by Kelly Bakes

Fruits and Veggies

Honey-Watermelon Soup by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but am among a group of bloggers to receive free products and promotional items from a few of the sponsors mentioned above. As always, all opinions are my own!

Pineapple-Basil Tea
Adapted from Southern Living

For Pineapple Syrup:
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups fresh pineapple, chopped

For Tea:
3 cups water + 6 cups cold water
8 black tea bags
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

1. In a medium saucepan, combine water, sugar, and chopped pineapple and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Pour the pineapple mixture into the blender and process until smooth. {You may want to cool it slightly as hot liquids can be dangerous to blend at high speeds!} Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher, pressing on the pulp.

3. Meanwhile, bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Add the teabags and boil for about a minute, then remove from heat and allow to steep, about 10 minutes. Toss the teabags after steeping. {Or, check out these 10 cool things you can do with used tea bags!}

4. Add the tea to the pitcher containing the pineapple mixture, along with the chopped basil* and 6 cups of cold water. Stir well to combine. Refrigerate to chill.

Serve over ice and garnish with pineapple slices if desired.

*I found that I wasn't a big fan of the little floating basil leaves while I was sipping, so it might be a good idea to serve this tea with a straw. :) Alternatively, you can infuse the tea with the flavor of the basil leaves by adding it to the water while the tea is steeping, then straining out the leaves before pouring it in the pineapple mixture. This way, you have the flavor of basil without the floating particles!


Ellen said...

Sounds like this would be amazing on a hot day!

Katie said...

Oh man this tea sounds amazing!!!

Christine (Cook the Story) said...

What a great twist on the classic Iced Tea. This would be a perfect thing to sip on at brunch, or any hot day!

Samantha said...

Iced tea is my drink of choice! So refreshing, the is beautiful with the pineapple wedge!

kelly @ kellybakes said...

I totally need a porch to sit and sip this tea on! What a great way to jazz up iced tea!

Susan said...

This sounds so refreshing and I love the inclusion of basil in the tea!

Suzanne said...

Cool sounding twist with the pineapple and basil. Perfect for those hot FL days.

What Micky Eats said...

I love your pineapple basil ice tea - what a great fruity drink perfect for brunch!

Dianna M. said...

Thanks so much, everyone! It's a really nice change-up for classic iced tea, and I know I'll be making some more of it as the mercury rises!

Hallie Rosenthal said...

LOVE this idea - and i'm not an iced tea fan - maybe i'll learn to love.. my hubs is dying for a Lodge skillet.. would love to win! #brunchweek #lovethekitchenprep!!

Katerina said...

This is something I would definitely want on my brunch table. Very refreshing!

Terri Truscello said...

I definitely will want this on a hot summer day! Looks so refreshing! Happy Brunching!

Angie Schneider said...

I would love one too! Really refreshing!

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