Celebrate National Iced Tea Month by brewing up some sun tea

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By: J. Tyler Klassen
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The weather is getting warmer and that means it’s iced tea season. In fact, June is national iced tea month. Drink up.

Sun tea, a large glass jar filled with water and tea bags and left in the sun to brew, is the best way to make iced tea.

As the sun warms the water in a two-quart canning jar and the tea bags float at the top, the tea starts to drift down.

As the time passes on a summer afternoon and the warmth of the sun continues to work, tea is made.

Bigelow Tea’s Mint Medley is my favorite formula, followed closely by peppermint.

The recipe I use for cold tea is always sun tea and is as follows:

  1. Fill a two quart glass jar with water and add three Bigelow Mint Medley tea bags. Vary the number of tea bags to make weaker or stronger tea. I like to tie the strings together just to keep the bags together.
  2. Screw down the lid, then set the jar in the sun and let it sit for an afternoon. On a sunny day, the tea may be ready in as little as an hour.

When you are ready for a drink, fill a glass with ice cubes and pour tea over the ice. Add sweetener as you wish, but I prefer unsweetened tea.

That’s it, that’s all. Simple, easy and good.

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