Iced coffee and tea, invigorating on their own, find a summer place in some higher-octane refreshers.
Devotees of sangria can spark the popular concoction with a contribution from the Mighty Leaf Sangria Collection. Yes, tea in sangria. The $11.95 box contains 15 large whole-leaf tea bags, including the especially fine and aromatic Organic African Nectar. These teas add some body and pull together the drink, which has as many recipes as devotees. Brew the tea, chill it and make it part of your sangria mix. Use a wine that's good enough to drink on its own, Spanish or not.
HELPS Teas work for the mixologist and for imbibers who'd like some herbal company. These teas boost certain cocktails. Iced HELPS Organic Green Tea, for example, works in tandem with tequila and simple syrup, as well as in a snappy drink combining vodka and lemonade. Twenty tea bags are in a $4.99 box.
And White Coffee Corp. jumps in with Kahlúa Coffee, in the original, hazelnut, mocha and French vanilla flavors. Typically, the cost is $10 to $12 for 1 pound of the flavored ground coffee. You can make a spirited iced coffee with Frangelico, Kahlúa or Amaretto. White Coffee is based in Long Island City. Certified organic and "fair trade."
Long Island's Wine of the Week
The 2010 Macari Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc ($23) delivers a balanced taste of summer. Citrus and passion fruit come through in this lively varietal. The wine is a zesty sipper, also ready to accompany raw or grilled shellfish, fish and chips, salads, Chinese and Japanese dishes.