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National Eat a Peach Day Recipe

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We happen to think the month August is peachy keen.  Why? Because August 22nd is National Eat a Peach Day!  Today is the ideal time to celebrate one of our most popular Honest brews, Peach White Tea.  Did you know that there is real, organic peach puree in every bottle of Peach White?  We think the sweet flavor of real peaches is the perfect complement to our Fair Trade Certified, organic tea.

We owe a lot to the organic peaches for making our brew such a tad sweet success.  To show some proper peach praise, we’ve created this Peaches & Cream smoothie in their honor!

Won’t you help us in raising a glass to our delicious organic peaches?

Peach Smoothie

Peaches & Cream Smoothie

Yield: 2 servings

1 cup fresh, sliced peaches

¾ cup HONEST Peach White Tea

6 oz. vanilla Greek yogurt

½ cup ice cubes

Combine all 4 ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Divide smoothie between two glasses.

Raise your glass, and then enjoy the peachy perfection.

Celebrating Honest Legacies

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Many of the faces of Honest Tea come with years of hard work and dedication to an organic tea company they believe in.  We’ll never sugar-coat it: many of those stories in the early years included plenty of challenges—retailers and distributors didn’t believe a “just a tad sweet” organic bottled tea company could make it, but we stuck to our mission.  Perhaps you too often look back and reflect on what it took to get to where you are today.  Hard work and time are often the key ingredients needed for success. 

Today we celebrate a few “veterans” at Honest Tea who have dedicated years to the Mission, from crafting our beverages, to sales, to design.  We sat down with them to hear more about their journey.    

MikeMeet Michael Petrone, Director of Research and Development a.k.a our very own in-house brew-master.  Mike is often hidden in the kitchen at HQ, brewing up samples of a new exotic, organic teas.  If you happen to walk by he’ll ask you to taste his latest drink!   

Honest: Mike—when did you start at Honest Tea?

Mike: 2005. 

Honest: How has your role changed since you started?

Mike: When I started at Honest Tea as an operations intern we were a smaller group, and the scope of my day to day work was much wider.  I really got experience working in nearly every part of the organization.  Now that we are a bit larger my position has become more specialized and I am able to focus more on my passion which is new product development.  Fortunately we still all work closely out of one room in our HQ so I never feel isolated.

Honest: What do you most enjoy about working here?

Mike: I mostly enjoy being a part of something great.  It feels amazing to know we are really making an impact in the beverage industry, and not just a financial one.  It’s rare to find a job that you not only love what you do individually, but that you also love what the organization does as a whole.

Honest: What keeps you committed to Honest Tea after all these years?

Mike: This was my first job out of college and now I’ve been here almost 10 years.  The entire time I have been here there has always been something exciting going on, whether it’s expanding distribution, launching new products, or landing a great customer.  The culture in the office is fast-paced and has never left me wanting more from my job.  I imagine that’s why others stick around too.  Not to mention all the perks like healthy snacks, organic fruit and bikes!  

Honest: In one word, describe your current job.

Mike: Inventive.

Honest:  What’s your six-word memoir for what you do on a daily basis?

Mike: Science & creativity mixed with tasty drinks.

Mandy

Meet Mandy Coelho, Graphic Designer.  Mandy is a true example of how sometimes you find the job, and sometimes the job finds you. Often behind a large iMac designing a new label or product refresh, Mandy is the first to crack a joke and bring levity to the room.  In a fast-paced, often tight-turnaround position, a little humor goes a long way. 

Honest: Mandy, when did you start at Honest Tea?

Mandy: 2002.

Honest: How has your role changed since you started?

Mandy: After answering an ad in the newspaper (yes, you read that correctly), and knowing I wanted to work for a company that I believed in, I didn’t care what the job was—I just wanted to work for Honest Tea.  So I started as the office manager with a personal goal to grow into a marketing role.  But my love for design and aesthetics emerged at work, and I managed to talk Seth into letting me do design work in-house (to save money).  I have been doing only graphic design since 2004.  

Honest: What do you most enjoy about working here?

Mandy: The people. The culture. The flexibility. The diverse projects. The product.

Honest: Why do you think Honest Tea has so many employees who have been here longer than five years? 

Mandy: I think employees enjoy the variety that Honest Tea has to offer as well as the culture that it breeds.  No matter what your role at Honest Tea, you end up involved in different aspects of the business.  In addition to the ever-changing hats we all wear, it’s the people that really make the culture.  The passion and energy in the office is why I love coming to work everyday.  I don’t know many people that can say that and truly mean it.

Honest: In one word, describe your current job.

Mandy: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Honest: What’s your six-word memoir for what you do on a daily basis?

Mandy: Daytime designer, full-time mom and wife.

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Meet Cheryl Raff—Natural Sales Manager for the Rocky Mountain Region.  While Cheryl’s based out west, she’s often one of the first to call our East Coast office in the morning.  Her secret to early mornings? Tea.  Cheryl is the kind of person you want to be stuck with on a deserted island—she is fantastically optimistic and if you have any sort of ailment or illness, she’s guaranteed to have a naturopathic remedy.  

Honest: When did you start at Honest Tea, Cheryl?

Cheryl: 2008.

Honest: How has your role changed since you started?:

Cheryl: I still have the same title–I was the first Natural Area Manager for Honest Tea so the position was created for me.  I went from merchandising and daily store calls to working on the natural distributors; managing high-level accounts and other special projects; product training; and teaching other Natural Area Managers about budgets, systems, and various types of leading and training.  Lots and lots of tea-m work!

Honest: What do you most enjoy about working here?

Cheryl: My days are never the same! I have room for growth; I learn new things every day; and I love working with my tea-m.  As we grow as a company, there are always new systems, new adventures and lots of new things to explore.

Honest: Why do you think so many people stick around at Honest Tea?

Cheryl: I feel appreciated, respected, valued and a tea-m member.  While my opinion may not always be the one we go with, it is always taken into account.

Honest: In one word, describe your current job.

Cheryl: Evolving.

Honest: What’s your six-word memoir for what you do on a daily basis? 

Cheryl: Tea-m work and a smile – yeeehaw!

In brewing a culture that inspires years of dedication, it’s clear there’s a recipe needed: relentless passion, continued teamwork and a common vision.  Our thanks to Mike, Mandy and Cheryl, who have made a tremendous effort on behalf of Honest Tea’s Mission every day.

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The Coolest of the Cool: Coconut Mint Limeade Popsicles

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What summer dessert is more popular than the Popsicle? In the yearbook of dessert superlatives, the Popsicle would surely earn the title, “Coolest of the Cool.” Even with its icy qualities, popsicles have that refreshing personality that is desired by all. Without a doubt, this is the status that our coolest Summer Refresher, Mint Limeade, was brewed to attain.

If you thought Mint Limeade was fabulous as is, just wait until you throw some coconut milk into the mix. And then freeze it. The result is a chilly, creamy balance of sweet and tart deliciousness.

So go ahead and take your dessert to the next level of cool.

Coconut Mint Limeade Popsicles
Yield: 4 Popsicles

1 cup Honest Mint Limeade
½ cup coconut milk
Zest of ½ lime
1 Tablespoon honey
Toasted coconut (optional, for decoration)

Whisk together Mint Limeade, coconut milk, lime zest, and honey in a medium-sized bowl. Divide liquid among 4 popsicle molds, leaving ½ inch of room at the top.

If using conventional popsicle molds, snap on provided lids and freeze until solid, about 4 hours. If using wooden sticks for the holders, allow popsicles to freeze for at least 2 hours. Once partially frozen, slide wooden stick into center of each pop and return to freezer for another 2 hours.

To remove popsicles, fill a baking dish with enough warm water to come just below the top of mold. Let popsicles sit in warm water for 15-20 seconds. Transfer mold to a flat surface. Firmly grip the holder of each pop and pull upward to remove.

For an optional decoration, dip each popsicle in toasted coconut. Enjoy!

Join the #rockthelunchbox Twitter Party 8/5

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Can you believe the back to school season is just around the corner? Summer always seems to fly by and getting the kids ready for school isn’t always a simple task.  Beyond pencil pouches and glue sticks, there’s that daily ritual of making lunches.  We know it’s a challenge to keep ideas fresh and serve better options your kids will enjoy—so we’re here to help renew your lunchbox inspiration this fall!  Join us and our friends Annie’s Homegrown, Organic Valley, Applegate and Rudi’s Organic Bakery for the #rockthelunchbox Twitter Party August 5th! We’ll be sharing lunch tips, recipes, delicious giveaways from all our brands, and we also have some questions for you! Come hungry for ideas and get ready for a fun-packed hour, spread the word!

Who: You, Honest Tea, Organic Valley, Annie’s Homegrown, Applegate, Rudi’s Organic Bakery & Amelia Winslow

What: The #rockthelunchbox Twitter Party

When: August 5th 1-2pm ET

Where: Twitter, simply follow the #rockthelunchbox hashtag

The Best Summer Activi-Teas

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After what seemed like an endless winter, we cannot get enough of this summer sun! From mountains to ocean and golf course to tennis court, there are a million and one ways to enjoy the beautiful weather. But even in the midst of all the fun, it’s important to keep cool and hydrated—because dehydration is a damper on the sunny spirit.

To make the most of your summer time, we recommend the following activi-teas, which are sure to keep you happy and hydrated this season.

Hiking: As altitude increases, air temperature drops. Taking a day hike in the mountains is a great way to cool off naturally. To make the most of the refreshing atmosphere, aim to start your hike in the early morning. Temperatures typically peak after 12:00 pm, so a good rule of thumb is to begin the trail by at least 8:00 am.

Tea Pairing: Peach White Tea is a great hiking companion. Its slender, lightweight packaging means that it won’t add much bulk to your pack. And that real peach taste will add just a touch of extra sweetness to your alpine adventure.

Beach Trip: What’s more summery than a trip to the beach? Perhaps you choose to relax in the sand with book in hand, or maybe you prefer to be in the salty sea. Either way, this is the place of ultimate sun worship for land dwellers and water lovers alike.

Tea Pairing: Hot sands requiring a cooling aid—Honest Ade, to be exact. Try the tropical mix of Orange Mango Honest Ade to get you in the beachy mood. Additional compliments include a towel, sunglasses, and your best friends.

Family Picnic: You don’t have to travel far to enjoy summer to its fullest. A picnic is a fun and local outdoor activity for people of all ages. Whether eating, playing games, or just conversing, you’ll be to appreciate great company and the great outdoors all at once.

Tea Pairing: Honest Kids Berry Berry Lemonade is an excellent option for the entire family. For an icy treat, place the Honest Kids pouches in the freezer, and in a few hours you will have portable picnic popsicles!

Outdoor Movie: More of a night owl? During the summer months, many cities offer outdoor movies, which is a fun way to get outside after the heat has subsided. Check your local area to see what options are available for date nights and family features alike.

Tea Pairing: Nothing pairs better with a movie than a classic Root Beer Fizz. Be sure to bring a blanket, some movie munchies, and a Fizz-packed cooler to maximize your film-viewing experience!

The Life of a Summer Road Warrior

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What do you think of when you hear the word “college internship?” Perhaps thoughts of fixing the copy machine or delivering the office coffee order come to mind.  Often internships don’t turn out to be as exciting as you hoped.  That couldn’t be further from the truth at Honest Tea.  We thought we’d take the opportunity to give you a behind-the-scenes “peek” at what it takes to be a summer itern (affectionately known as “road warriors”) at Honest Tea. 

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We’re passionate about organic beverages, and we look for that same passion in our students.  Each summer we select 30 college students studying Marketing or Sales from across the country to travel to Honest Tea HQ.  For one week they receive intensive training from our Marketing Tea-m about our Mission, study our beverages, practice a little yoga and even enjoy a tea tasting with our TeaEO.  Oh yeah, and we have a lot of fun too.  After less than one week, they have been steeped in the Honest Tea Mission and excited to spread the word. 

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So why are they called road warriors? Glad you asked.  Our interns spend the most amount of time out in the field during the summer—from waking up at 5:30am to load in for a 5k running event to an evening tastemaker dinner featuring Pomegranate Blue, our Road Warriors act as our eyes and ears to what’s happening across the country, and where we should go next.  There’s hardly a dull moment—but business should be fun, right?  Especially when you’re serving organic refreshment. 

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Road warriors also have first-hand opportunities for sales experience—from learning how to set up a shelf display at a Whole Foods Market or pouring samples during lunch traffic at a Publix, they learn what it takes to interact not only with customers, but how retailers operate, what goes into a store’s sales strategy and the relationships they build.  You could say there’s a quiet sense of pride in all of us when we visit a store and find our beverages on the shelf…this is always followed by some small upkeep to make sure the shelf or display looks its absolute best.  It’s just part of our culture.  

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So if you happen to run across an Honest Tea Road Warrior this summer at the grocery store or a music festival near you, don’t hesitate to say hello.  We’d love to tell you a bit more about our Mission and pour you our favorite iced tea.  To stay up to date with where we’re headed this summer, click here: www.facebook.com/events.  If you’re interested in joining the Honest Tea Mission in summer 2015, send your resume and cover letter to: summerintern@honesttea.com

Recipe: Strawberry Basil Lemonade Mixer

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It’s turning out to be a sweltering summer.  As the temperature cranks up, we’re finding ways to cool down.  In these times, there is one classic refresher that stands above the rest: lemonade!  No need to hide indoors when you have a winning combination of organic lemonade and a frosty glass of ice.  Add some sweet strawberry and earthy basil and you have a dynamic thirst quencher that can beat the heat. 

Simple yet impressive, this Strawberry Basil Lemonade will suit any summer occasion—day or night.  It’s rosy color and exotic flavor are sure to make it a party favorite!

Strawberry Basil Lemonade Mixer

1 Honest Original Lemonade (4 cups)

15 fresh strawberries, washed and tops removed

20 fresh basil leaves

¼ cup Bourbon *optional

Pour 3 cups of Original Lemonade into a large pitcher.  In a blender, combine strawberries, basil leaves, and 1 cup of Original Lemonade. Blend on high until mixture forms a smooth puree.  Add strawberry-basil puree to the pitcher and stir to combine. Serve over ice for ultimate heat-fighting power.