Joanna Anastasia


Endless summer Peach, gin & Ice tea

“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.” Jenny Han

While summer is definitely the best of all the seasons here in Montreal it’s also unbearably hot! I know it sounds like I always complain about the weather – though actually I really do. Winters are too cold and summers are too hot.. but at least I admit it!

So we have now reached a point of summer that I refer to as: I’m-so-hot-I-think-I-won’t-take-it-anymore. With the heat waves hitting us hard and the over the roof humidity the only thing that we can do is to stay hydrated and sip on the yummiest drinks ever! And so during the weekdays I’m whipping up a homemade lemonades like my life depends on it, on the weekends you can find me in the kitchen mixing up drinks for me and my hubby!

And this Peach Gin Ice Tea is my new favourite adult summer drink ever – a bit sweet , a bit tangy and so refreshing! Plus, it’s ready in seconds! It’s my best hostess with the mostest life hack to – as this drinks it looks fancy and tastes delicious- while being really easy to make!

What you’ll need to prepare the Peach, gin & Ice tea drink:

  • Peach Ice tea ( I use the ready to drink mix)
  • Sparkling water
  • Good quality gin
  • Fresh peaches
  • Fresh Lemons
  • Edible flowers
  • Ice

Mix two thirds iced tea with one third sparkling water, ( ratio 2:1). Then add a dash of freshly squeezed lemon juice, one measure of gin, lot of ice, a slice or two of fresh peaches and some edible flowers for the ultimate summery touch! I used pansies, as they look lovely potted on my patio and they are great for summer recipes too. And remember to stay hydrated with water too!

Enjoy your summer!

Very berry gin punch

What you might not know about me is that when I’m not pregnant or nursing I love mixing and sipping on cocktails! 

Any occasion is good to have a little cheer me up , friends over, Friday night or simple date in with my hubby – and this gin berry punch is as lovely and romantic as it gets without being overly complicated or difficult to put together! Plus, it has just the right balance of sweet and sour !

very berry gin punch

And if you ask me, I think it would make for a lovely signature drink for any party! Because who doesn’t like a fun and colorful gin drink?

I love sprucing up my drinks with fruits and herbs, as they always add a bit of freshness and make even the simplest mix feel fancy! 

What you’ll need:


-sparkling water 


-mix berry juice 

-maple syrup 

-fresh berries 

-fresh rosemary 

Mix and enjoy! 

Everyday moments of happiness

everyday moments of happiness

I believe in the beauty of the simple everyday moments. I really think that instead of searching for happiness far away, sometimes we just need to look around us with gratitude. And while life is full of ups and downs, and my life with young kids is definitively far from picture perfect, our happiness is right here, in the everyday simple moments.

It’s about time spent with family and friends. It’s about nurturing your senses with colors and textures. It’s about choosing the right glass, and changing your mind three times. It’s having a three year old cook-in-training,  following your steps wherever you go, and washing your herbs with the biggest commitment ever seen. My everyday moments of happiness are about simple, real ingredients and discovering new tastes. It’s my afternoon tea with a friend during a play date – while the kids have their tea time with dolls. And it’s listing to their giggles taking over the house.

everyday moments of happiness

everyday moments of happiness

everyday moments of happiness

everyday moments of happiness

everyday moments of happiness

And this Pure Leaf Peach Tea is perfect for those exact moments. It’s a bit sweet but not too sweet. It’s peachy and refreshing. Made from simple ingredients, and brewed with real tea leaves. And it’s finally available in the large 1.75 L bottle, perfect to share with friends and family!  And If you ask me, I think it’s simply amazing served with some fresh mint and mixed berries!

All you need to make it at home is;

– Peach Pure Leaf Tea

– Fresh mint

– Frozen mixed berries

Wash mint leaves, place frozen berries, mint and ice cubes in the glass, and pour over the Pure Leaf Peach tea. And share it with a friend or two!

everyday moments of happiness

So next time when you’ll feel like all you do is rush and stress, try slowing down a little, remind yourself what is it that you’re grateful for today, and have some tea. I’m sure you’ll feel better and happier right away!

Disclaimer: this post was brought to you by Pure Leaf, all opinions remain my own.