Creating new cold beverages to enjoy in hot weather might be as easy as reaching for your pitcher of iced tea and a few additions. Lipton Tea offers plenty of inspiration on its website, www.liptont.com, but you and your kids can come up with your own inventions by experimenting. Blend herbal lemon tea with white grape juice, or hibiscus tea with orange juice, for instance. Think about all the fresh fruit garnishes available now, too. This recipe calls for using Lipton's new line of bottled teas, but you can always substitute 3 cups of freshly brewed tea with a few squirts of fresh lemon.
-- June Naylor, Special to the Star-Telegram
1 (20-ounce) bottle Lipton 100 Percent Natural Iced Tea With Lemon
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup cream of coconut
Process all ingredients in blender until smooth. Serve in ice-filled glasses and garnish, if desired, with fresh pineapple wedges.