30 May 2012

Kate Waterhouse's Lipton Ice Green Tea Party, Ivy Sun Room, CBD Sydney (29 May 2012)

Ivy Sun Room, Level 3, 330 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Green with refreshing envy

“Lipton Ice Green Tea is naturally low in calories, with no preservatives, artificial flavours or sweeteners. Made with real green tea leaves the Lipton Ice Green Tea range includes flavours such as Original, Citrus and Mango.”

Thanks to Rachel Winter and Caroline Bligh from Pulsecom for inviting me to the intimate Lipton Ice Green Tea Party hosted by Kate Waterhouse. Not only was Miss Kate easy-on-the-eye and incredibly slim to perhaps the envy of every women in the room but the three promoted Ice Tea drinks were refreshingly light on the palate without tasting too sweet. These days I personally avoid buying soft drinks and similar beverages which might be high in sugar and boringly opt for plain old tap water or fresh juicers as my preferred thirst quencher, but each to their own. My mind wandered to the potential of making an alcoholic cocktail with these drinks. Perhaps a Long Island Iced Tea using the Original Iced Tea instead of Coca-Cola, Citrus Vodka with the Citrus Iced Tea and Mango Liqueur with the Mango Iced Tea might work a treat? I was assured the unnatural sounding 'Tea Flavonoids' listed on the nutrition label was actually natural and Lipton Ice Tea had no preservatives, artificial colours or sweeteners — thankfully it tasted pretty good too. Impressive canapés were served to match the three kinds of Ice Tea. The Herb crusted salmon ballontine with horseradish and watercress and Alaskan king crab, black pepper and lime pillow sandwiches were my favourites of the day. All the canapés were cleverly designed to be bite sized except for the tasty Crisped zucchini flower in a soft flour tortilla with avocado salsa verde which had the potential to be a dress stainer from the juices if you weren't too careful. 

PROS: Nice venue and interesting canapés served, Lipton Ice Tea has a refreshing taste that's not overly sweet on the palate
CONS: Still contains sugar of around 4.5%, I was the only guest who was a guy (although I didn't mind)
MUST TRY: Finding a cocktail recipe that works with Lipton Ice Tea
Miss Kate Waterhouse — yep, she is that pretty in person
Original Iced Tea
Tuna tartare with cucumber, wasabi, soy and yuzu
Asparagus and fontina cheese tart with shallots and parmesan
Italian prosciutto with savoury ricotta and parmesan on gnocco fritto
Citrus Iced tea
Fennel and orange cured kingfish with white miso, fennel and shiso 
Crostini of fresh tomato, bocconcini and basil
Herb crusted salmon ballontine with horseradish and watercress
Mango Green Tea
Spiced prawns with green mango salad and burnt chilli salsa
Alaskan king crab, black pepper and lime pillow sandwiches
Crisped zucchini flower in a soft flour tortilla with avocado salsa verde
Speech time with Kate Waterhouse and Lipton representative
Guests in the Sun Room — nice venue for an event
Canapés are served
Canapé Menu and Iced Tea matching — excellent catering
Nutrition Information
Welcoming service staff with iced water although a glass of champers would have gone down well as a nice start for a tea party :-)

Official photographer in action — thanks for the flash tips
Goodie bag of Lipton Ice Tea and themed glassware

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Brisbane Devoured said...

Kate Waterhouse is simply stunning! Wish I looked like her...
And that venue is lovely.

Vivian - vxdollface said...

she's pretty :3
and those dainty alaskan crab sandwiches look delish!

Simon Leong said...

hi brisbane devoured, she's so gorgeous it's like looking at the sun — blinding :-)

hi vivian, the best and only alaskan crab sandwiches I've had so far :-)

tastyfoodsnaps said...

the Alaskan king crab does look the yummiest! mango green tea is my favourite lipton iced tea :)

Ramen Raff said...

mmmm I like the sound of prawn & mango salad. I do like a dose of lipton ice tea every now & then.

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