Summer is ice tea time, but when the heat wave a couple weeks ago brought temperatures in the 90's, I wasn't about to fire up the stove (especially since our single, dinky window AC unit doesn't exactly make it back to the kitchen).
Perks of sun tea:
- utilizes the renewable (also read: free) energy of the sun
- steeping at lower temperatures results in a more mellow flavor and avoids the more biting tones that can result from using boiling water
- and. . . it's kind of fun
- you have to be patient (it usually takes aout 3-5 hours to steep)
- since you don't use boiling water your tea won't stay good as long, but use within a day or two and you'll be golden
I picked this glass jar up at World Market for less than ten bucks, and used 2 family-sized Lipton's ice tea bags. I also threw in a few leaves from my mint plant. 3 hours later. . .