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Make Infused Iced Cubes to Brew Over Ice

You’ve been brewing over ice all summer, and now it’s time to jazz up your iced brew* with a little something extra – a splash of color that’s all your own.  Here are some of our favorite ice cubes turned works-of-art that will keep your drink chilly and your tumbler looking sassy: 

How to make infused berry ice cubes to Brew Over Ice

Berry ice cubes – try this with Celestial Seasonings® Raspberry Ice Tea, Vitamin Burst®, or Snapple® Raspberry Iced Tea!

  • Sprinkle blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries to your ice cube tray.  Add water.  Freeze.  And voila – bejeweled ice, awaiting a tumbler to release its goodness. 
  • Want to double the flavor impact?  Pulverize the berries with a fork before putting them into the ice cube tray – when the ice melts you have fresh burst of flavor in your glass.  You might just need a spoon to dig out all of those tasty morsels.

 

Freeze a slice of lemon in your ice cube tray with water for a citrus ice cube

Citrus ice cubes – try this with Celestial Seasonings® Southern Sweet Ice Tea, Celestial Seasonings® Unsweetened Black Tea, or Lemonade!

  • Freeze a small slice of lemon, orange, or lime in your ice cube tray with water. Or get artistic and freeze a curled piece of lemon rind! Fancy and fun all in one cold little package. 
  • For an extra pop, squeeze a little lemon, orange, or lime juice into the tray before you fill with water.  Adds to the pucker-power!

 

Freeze Donut Shop Sweet & Creamy coffee for iced cubes

 Brewed times 2 cubes – try with any Keurig Brewed® variety!

  • Time for double the flavor you love – if you’re up for a strong cuppa!  Brew your favorite Keurig Brewed® beverage as directed, bring it to room temperature, and pour it into an ice tray to freeze.  The next time you brew over ice, pull out your creative ice cubes, fill up your tumbler, and brew right over them to create a supernova of flavor!
  • Feeling adventurous?  Take cue from the previous ice cube combinations and add some fruit to your ice tea or fruit brew ice cubes
  • While you should get creative, here are some combinations to start you off:

With any luck, the rest of your summer will constantly grant you a delicious and beautiful iced drink in your hands.  Happy (iced) brewing!

 

*Remember: when brewing over ice, do not use glass.

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Don’t Let Them Drive You Crazy: Tips to Ensure a Great Road Trip

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a week-long wanderer, chances are you’ll be spending some time in the car this summer.  If you’re a solo traveler, able to take pit-stops and sightseeing breaks whenever you please, you can probably stop reading here. If not, you might want to put some thought into keeping your traveling companions happy while you’re all cozied up for six-hour stretches in 100 cubic feet of (hopefully) climate-controlled space.

First, the kids. Back in my day, my sisters and I occupied ourselves with 100 Bottles of…er…Pop on the Wall, the License Plate Game and if we were lucky, Mad Libs. We were bored and fought like crazy all the way from New Jersey to North Carolina. Nowadays, there are all kinds of ways kids can keep entertained, but variety is really what will save you from the dreaded “Are we there yet?” For sure, load up on the electronic options. Videos and audio books are great, so is allowing everyone to make a personal music playlist – and take 5-song rotations to ensure fairness. But also be prepared with sing-alongs, scavenger hunts, and prompted conversations (“Would you rather be able to fly or be invisible?”). Also, consider making a pre-travel trip to the dollar store to put together a grab-bag of new stuff that gets strategically doled out during the ride.

Traveling with kids or not, probably the most essential thing to be prepared with is snacks. Remember, salty snacks lead to thirst lead to drinking lead to rest areas. Think grapes over pretzels, trail mix over cold cuts. That said, it’s still important to stay hydrated. Travel cups and tumblers allow you to hit the road with a beverage at the ready. Your Keurig® brewer makes it easy to please everyone: coffee for the pilot, iced tea for the navigator, lemonade or fruit brews for the back-seat drivers. Sometimes though, nothing beats a stop to refuel both your vehicle and passengers, and a little leg-stretching can be a sanity-saver. There are some good apps out there that let you know what amenities are available at upcoming exits.

Finally, keep in mind that the greatest challenge of a road trip is also one of its gifts: extended time together. In today’s reality of jam-packed schedules and the often-antisocial world of social media, an extended car-ride is a chance to reconnect and simply enjoy each other’s company. And looking back years from now, it’s quite possible that the most memorable part of your trip will be the journey.

We’re sure there are tons of great road trip tips out there. What are some of yours?

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Tips to Pick and Pack a Picnic for the Fourth

Packing for a Picnic for The 4th of July

In case you hadn’t noticed, picnic season is in full swing. As we countdown to July 4th, it seems like a good time to offer some inspiration in putting together a perfect picnic basket to be enjoyed with or without the benefit of fireworks.

To help keep things organized, let’s start with the non-food items you’ll want to pack.

If your early summer weather has been a fraction as soggy as it’s been in Vermont, it might be nice bring a tarp in addition to a blanket, ideally one that can fit most of your picnickers’ behinds, and that is pleasant to sit on (the blanket, that is).

Paper plates and plastic ware…check. Cloth napkins are nice since they won’t blow away if the wind picks up. Handy wipes for messy foods and kids, a couple of garbage bags, aluminum foil, and/or plastic baggies for any leftovers. For entertaining the little ones, pack a flying disc, whiffle ball set, bubbles, butterfly net. Leave the tablets and digital babysitters at home.

Now the food. It sounds obvious, but you’ll want to put together a menu of foods that actually taste good cold. I much prefer my fried chicken hot and greasy, so that won’t find its way into my picnic basket. Veggies and hummus, chips and salsa or popcorn are good for snacking. Setting up a “sandwich bar” is a great option for the main meal. If you go this route, do all the slicing and dicing ahead of time, keeping everything in its own container to avoid sogginess and cross-flavoring: not everyone likes their bread soaked with pickle juice. For dessert, a pan of brownies is a crowd-pleaser and nothing says summer like slices of sweet watermelon. Pit-spitting contests are encouraged.

Finally, considering you are reading a blog entry from a company that sells beverages – or rather, a company that sells single serve beverage packs and brewers – there is clearly one key item I’ve forgotten. The drinks! If you think your Keurig® brewer can only be enjoyed at home, consider the to-go options a spill-resistant, Brew Over Ice tumbler presents you with: fresh-tasting lemonade, iced tea flavors like Half-and-Half and Snapple®, delicious iced coffee, and a splash of fruit flavor with Vitamin Burst® iced brews.

True, these tumblers don’t come in six-packs like some other popular beverage items, but you can at least enjoy a little refreshment during the ride to the festivities. And with a car filled to the gills with gear and kids and dogs, that might just be the nicest way to keep your cool.

Happy 4th, everyone!

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Summer of Brewing

Summer brings with it a litany of fun things to do, and in my world that translates to sampling specialty beverages at some stellar events.

This month, our Barista Prima Coffeehouse® team just wrapped up a great activation at the Food Network Magazine Chicago Lounge. Great city, great food, great coffee... great time!   They even incorporated Italian Roast into mini coffee gelato cones

Brew Over Ice is in the midst of a mini sampling tour, sharing the joys of our versatile Keurig® brewing systems with stops at multiple blogger events, including the recent Bloggy Boot Camp in Charlotte, NC and the BlogHer Food event in Austin, TX. Next up on their schedule is our biggest stop yet: BlogHer’13, a massive show in Chicago in July.  Get your tumbler ready!  We’re brewing over ice!  

The Green Mountain Coffee® brand has its hands full this month as an annual supporter and underwriting sponsor of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. For ten days each June, the city of Burlington, VT becomes the epicenter of cool, hosting world-class artists that both define and expand the parameters of jazz music (this year’s headliners include Bobby McFerrin, John Scofield, Branford Marsalis and the incomparable Dr. Lonnie Smith). An already vibrant music and arts scene virtually explodes during the Discover Jazz Festival, and thousands of locals and visitors alike congregate to share in the excitement and revelry. If you make it to the festival, keep an eye out for me – just look for the visibly over-caffeinated guy with a huge smile on his face!

Enjoy the magic of summer, and I hope to see you at an event real soon…

 

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Creamy Vanilla Hazelnut Iced Coffee Recipe

 Some things just belong together: peanut butter and jelly, sugar and spice, Sting and Trudy, salt and pepper, Sweet and Creamy Nutty Hazelnut Iced Coffee and French Vanilla iced coffee….

 Trust me, that last pair needs to be added to this list as another perfect combination.

 Why?

As some of you already know, I love a good glass of Brew Over Ice coffee in the summer, and I’m always searching for new ways to drink it. It was a stroke of genius (or maybe just a mild heat stroke) that inspired me to combine two of my beloved icy brews into one fabulous summer indulgence: the Creamy Vanilla Hazelnut Iced Coffee.

 It’s simple to make, and even simpler to drink, and perfectly blends two of my favorite flavors, vanilla and Hazelnut. Here’s the easy recipe.

  1. Brew 2 K-Cup® packs of Sweet and Creamy Nutty Hazelnut Iced Coffee on the 6 oz. setting without ice into a mug (or cup) and then carefully pour the brew into a standard ice-cube tray (remember: it's hot).
  2. Place into the freezer and wait until the Sweet and Creamy Cubes are frozen.
  3. Take your frozen Sweet and Creamy cubes and put them in a 16 oz. plastic tumbler (as you would with normal ice cubes for any Brew Over Ice beverage), and place under your Keurig® brewer.
  4. Pop a Green Mountain Coffee® French Vanilla Iced Coffee K-Cup® pack into your brewer and brew at the 6 oz. setting, over the Sweet and Creamy Cubes. As the coffee brews, it will melt some of the Sweet and Creamy cubes, expertly blending the Hazelnut and French Vanilla flavors. Add simple syrup to taste.

 

http://www.greenmountaincoffee.com/Coffee/k-cup-donut-shop-sweet-creamy-hazelnut-iced-coffee

 

And that’s it! You have yourself a delightful Creamy Vanilla Hazelnut Iced Coffee! It’s easy, pretty, delicious… A perfect summer pairing!

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Introducing Brew Over Ice™ Tea K-Cups: The Ultimate in Summer Cool

How many times has this happened to you: it’s a hot day, and you head to the fridge to pour yourself a refreshing glass of iced tea—only to find that someone (and you know it wasn’t you) put the practically empty pitcher back in the refrigerator, thinking it will miraculously refill itself once the door closes and the light goes out. Frustrating, indeed.  Well now you can say sayonara to that scenario—we’ve come up with the perfect solution: Brew Over Ice™!

Brew Over Ice is a way to quickly make cold, refreshing iced beverages using your Keurig® Brewer. All it takes is a few simple steps: 1. Fill a tall (16 oz.) cup with ice and place under the brewer. (We suggest you avoid using glass, the hot liquid may cause glass to crack.) 2. Shake the K-Cup and place in brewer. 3. Choose the brew setting (6 oz. or 8 oz.) and press “brew.” 4. Add additional ice as needed and enjoy!  For a step-by-step visual, make sure to click on the "See how easy it is to brew" icon when visiting the product pages for each Brew Over Ice product.

Many of you may already be familiar with our Perfect Iced Teas™,  (the first Brew Over Ice products we introduced last year) available in three all-natural, lightly sweetened fruit flavors: raspberry, lemon, and peach, as well as a full-bodied unsweetened black tea. Beginning this month, we are pleased to be adding two new flavors to the Perfect Iced Tea family: Southern Sweet Tea and Half and Half. Southern Sweet is a robust and smooth black tea, sweetened with a generous helping of natural cane sugar for a distinctively Southern approach to sweet tea. Half and Half (a.k.a. an Arnold Palmer) is a refreshing combination of lemonade and iced tea.

Whichever flavor iced tea you choose, we’re confident that you won’t find an easier way to enjoy this classic beverage than with our Perfect Iced Tea K-Cups®.   Just remember to have plenty of ice on hand!  When shopping our site, remember to use keycode BREW-ICED in your cart, to get $1.00 off all Brew Over Ice K-Cups.  This is a limited time offer that expires on 8/16/10.






Be on the lookout for other new Brew Over Ice™ products that will be introduced this summer. And if you really want to show off your cool, be sure to pick up one of our new Brew Over Ice Tumblers, at GreenMountainCoffee.com.



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