|Beat the Heat With Homemade Organic Summer Sun Tea|
|Written by Jill Ettinger|
As symbolic of summer as lemonade is to kids, iced tea is a thirst-quenching-lounge-chair-chillaxing-savor-the-moments must for the rest of us (not just because we're old!). But those powdery mixes from the supermarket? They're about as close to real tea as a heat lamp is to the warm summer sun. The bottled stuff isn't much better either—they're made from tea concentrates (yep, even the 'all-natural' ones that say they're brewed from real tea); and the fossil fuels eaten up shipping heavy liquid-filled glass around the country could fill quite a few Olympic-sized swimming pools. Your best bet: beat the summer heat with an eco-organic lo-fi homemade summer sun tea.
Sun tea is literally tea brewed by the sun. It's easy to make and tastes just like summer should. The type of tea you use totally depends on your preference. Traditional iced teas are made with black tea (typically orange pekoe), but you can use any type of the many varieties of tea—green, white, oolong or even the caffeine-free herbal teasans like the super-fruity rose hip hibiscus, berry flavors, mint or ginger.
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While there's always a risk of bacteria in food or beverages exposed to long periods in the sun, it is generally low for sun teas. To avoid the risk, make sure your jar is well cleaned before using. Never add any sweeteners before brewing, as this contributes to bacterial growth. Do not leave in the sun for more than 6 hours.
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