Slug: ice-tea Date: 2002-08-03 Title: Ice Tea layout: post

I heard a great story on NPR today: Making the Perfect Iced Tea. Although I grew up in Virginia, my parents were both from elsewhere - so I didn't grow up with a traditional Southern Ice Tea tradition. However, my mother did turn me onto one great thing: "sun tea".

Fill a large clear glass pitcher or jar with water, add four or five tea bags, and set out in the sun for a few hours. The heating action of the sun warms the water slowly, and convection mixes the tea with the water. It produces a remarkably smooth tea.

Being so inspired, I set out a pitcher this afternoon (4 bags random Orange Pekoe, one bag Colorado Berry tea). We do, after all, live in Sun Valley. And it's good tea. Once I've perfected my recipe, I'm going to christen it "Valley of the Sun Tea". -)