MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - April 19, 2010) - (Family Features) Tea can always be enjoyed as a simple, soothing cup of comfort. But with so many flavors and varieties available, tea lovers are discovering entirely new ways to enjoy their favorite brew.

Tea-drinking trends find people infusing their tea with fruit and other flavors, and experimenting with tea in recipes.

These recipes from Lipton showcase the rich, ripe flavors of whole leaf teas infused with fruit and flavor. From frozen pops to tropical punch, cool smoothies to hot, spiced chocolate tea, you'll find a refreshing take on tea that just might make your day.

For more recipes and information about Lipton's Pyramid teas, visit lipton.com.

Bavarian Wild Berry Fruit-Tea Pops   
Serves: 8   
Preparation Time: 10 minutes   
Freeze Time: 4 hours   
    2  cups boiling water
    4  Lipton Bavarian Wild Berry Pyramid Tea Bags
    1/2  cup sugar
    1  cup chopped strawberries

Pour boiling water over tea bags; cover and brew 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze. Stir in sugar until dissolved; let cool slightly.

Combine tea with strawberries in medium bowl. Evenly pour into 8 (4-ounce) paper cups (or popsicle molds). Freeze until almost firm, about 1 hour. Insert wooden ice pop sticks into centers; freeze until firm. To serve, press firmly on bottom of paper cup to remove.

For Island Mango & Peach Fruit-Tea Pops, use Lipton White Tea with Island Mango & Peach Flavors Pyramid Tea Bags and 1 cup chopped peaches.

For Green Tea & Mandarin Orange Fruit-Tea Pops, use Lipton Green Tea with Mandarin Orange Flavor Pyramid Tea Bags and 1 cup blueberries.

For Black Pearl Fruit-Tea Pops, use Lipton Black Pearl Black Pyramid Tea Bags and 1 cup mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries and/or strawberries).

For Harvest Strawberry & Passionfruit-Tea Pops, use Lipton Red Tea with Harvest Strawberry & Passionfruit Flavor Pyramid Tea Bags.

Red Tea Harvest Strawberry Smoothie
Serves: 2
Preparation Time: 5 to 10 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
    1 cup boiling water
    3 Lipton Red Tea with Harvest Strawberry & Passionfruit Flavor
       Pyramid Tea Bags
    2 tablespoons sugar
    1 cup frozen strawberries
    1/2 cup strawberry frozen yogurt*
    1/2 cup ice cubes (about 3 to 4)

Pour boiling water over tea bags; cover and brew 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze, then stir in sugar; chill.

In blender, process tea, strawberries and yogurt. Add ice cubes, one at a time, and process until blended. Garnish, if desired, with whipped cream and strawberries. Serve immediately.

*Substitution: Use regular strawberry yogurt.

Tropical Punch With Fruity Tea Ice Cubes
Serves: 8
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
    4 cups boiling water
    12 Lipton Tuscan Lemon Flavored Black Pyramid Tea Bags
    1/2 cup sugar
    3 cups pineapple juice
    1 cup orange juice
    2 cups raspberries

Pour boiling water over tea bags; cover and brew 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze. Stir in sugar; chill.

In large pitcher, combine 2 cups chilled tea with remaining ingredients; chill.

Meanwhile, in 2 ice cube trays,* arrange 3 raspberries in each compartment. Pour remaining chilled tea over berries. Freeze 2 hours or until solid. To serve, pour punch into large pitcher or bowl. Add tea ice cubes. Serve immediately.

*If you don't have ice cube trays, try using mini muffin pans or a 6-cup ring mold.

Black Pearl Hot 'n Spicy Chocolate Tea
Serves: 2
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
    1 cup fat free or 1% milk
    1 cup water
    2 Lipton Black Pearl Black Pyramid Tea Bags
    1 tablespoon sugar, or to taste
    1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1 teaspoon chocolate syrup

Bring milk and water just to a boil in 2-quart saucepan. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Cover and brew 1-1/2 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze, stir in remaining ingredients. Serve immediately. Garnish, if desired, with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Tea and a Healthy Lifestyle

Keeping your body hydrated can help maintain overall well-being. Unsweetened tea is an excellent beverage for hydration. This conclusion is based on the Healthy Beverage Guidelines that were created by a panel of independent scientists under an unrestricted grant from Unilever. Tea may help maintain a healthy lifestyle -- for example, drinking 2 to 3 cups of tea throughout the day, as part of a healthy diet, may help maintain healthy vascular function. Find out more at lipton.com.