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Summer Fruits with a Black Currant-Rosemary Drizzle #InspiredbyNature #Sponsored

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 
Charles Viancin and The Republic of Tea.* All opinions are my own.

Here we are on day three of our Summer Equinox Progressive Picnic. Read more about the event and enter the giveaway: here or below. On Monday Café Terra started us off with a cocktail, her Black Currant Rosemary Chiller; on Tuesday, Amy's Cooking Adventures made Pico de Gallo. And today I am sharing two recipes for a salad course - one sweet and one savory. This is the sweet course. But, first, I must tell you about a few products from one of our sponsors, Charles Viancin.

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I try to minimize waste in our household as much as possible, embracing the greenie tenets of reducing, reusing, and recycling. So, buying disposable plastic wrap is low on my list. I have used waxed cloths instead of plastic wrap and was excited to try the air-tight lids by Charles Viancin. 

These silicone lids are a blend of fun and function; they work effectively on a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and materials including: stainless steel, ceramic, glass, and even wood. Basically, the silicone lid acts as a large suction cup creating an airtight seal that keeps out pests and keeps in freshness. I received the new Crystal silicone lids in 8", 9", and 11". The seal created was surprisingly strong. I was impressed.

I also tested the new Watermelon drink covers. These, like the silicone lids, are intended to create a seal on smaller diameter containers. I used these to create a seal on small mason jars. One thing to note: air-tight is not spill-proof. Yes, I figured that out the hard way. But - to keep out gnats or other flying pests - these are great.

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Summer Fruits with a Black Currant-Rosemary Drizzle

This recipe is less of a recipe and more of a method. Feel free to use whatever fruits you have in season. The second time I made this, I included organic raspberries; the third time I had some luscious stone fruit from the farmers' market. Also, you may use any tea that you have on-hand or really any simple syrup. And, with whatever syrup you have leftover, you can make homemade sodas or cocktails. Just have fun!

Summer Fruits
  • 2 C organic strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 2 C organic blueberries
  • 2 C organic blackberries
  • 1/4 C organic mint leaves, thinly sliced + more for garnish
Black Currant-Rosemary Drizzle
  • 1 C brewed tea (I used Black Currant-Rosemary ice tea bags from The Republic of Tea)
  • 1 C organic granulated sugar


Black Currant-Rosemary Drizzle
Place the tea and sugar in a small sauce pan. Heat and swirl gently until the sugar is completely dissolved. Set aside.

Summer Fruits
Place all the fruits in a large serving bowl, and gently toss together. Drizzle 1/2 C of the simple syrup over the top and sprinkle with the mint. Toss to coat everything with the syrup and incorporate the herbs.

In a separate bowl or mason jar, whisk together honey, mint and lime juice. Drizzle the salad with the dressing, to taste. Serve chilled. You can garnish individual servings with more mint leaves.

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  1. I would like the larger lids best, but the drink cover seems as though it would be a real boon in Summer.


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