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    Default Iced Tea/Sun Tea

    We go through iced tea like crazy around my house in the summer. Two 3L jugs since yesterday. I want to try to make Sun Tea. Does anyone know, if the water has to be hot when I put it out in the morning? Or is it that the sun warms the water and steeps the tea bags?
    When do I add lemon and sugar?
    If I don't get a response, I'll just wing it, but I'd really appreciate someone elses expertise.

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    Default Re: Iced Tea/Sun Tea

    if you want your iced tea to go further mix it with lemonade - the drink is called an Arnold Palmer - mix it in equal parts Fill a jug with
    1/2 ice tea
    1/2 lemonade

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    Default Re: Iced Tea/Sun Tea

    Thanks, I'll give it a try. I have some fresh lemons...will make the tea and fresh lemonade...mmm..can't wait.

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    Default Re: Iced Tea/Sun Tea

    Sun Tea

    Put 4 to 6 tea bags into a clean 2 quart glass container. Fill with water and cap. Place outside where the sunlight can strike the container for about 3 to 5 hours. Move the container if necessary to keep it in the sun. When the tea has reached its desired strength, remove from sun and put it in the refrigerator. You may or may not want to remove the tea bags at this point. I usually don't.

    The tea will probably taste more mellow than what you are used to from using boiling water. The slow steeping has a way of bringing out a slightly different flavor from the tea. Also, because you didn't use boiling water, you should refrigerate the tea and drink it up pretty quickly - a day or two. It will not keep as well as iced tea made from boiling water.

    I usually make sun tea with various forms of herbal tea. Sometimes you can put in a few sprigs of fresh mint as well.

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    Thankyou Desiree. I will try it today. No worry about it lasting too long in my house, we're all iced tea drinkers. I'm the only one that likes hot tea.

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