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Perfect Sun Tea

With the heat of summer at it's peak, I thought I'd share my secrets for making the perfect sun tea.  On warm days, I think a ice cold glass of tea can be so refreshing.

When it comes to tea, I am a fan of adding sugar and trying different flavors.  The tea that you can purchase in the store is often to sweet for my taste, though.  And with this easy "recipe" I really have no reason to buy it anymore.

So here's what you'll need to make the perfect sun tea:

1 gallon water
1 cup sugar
8 teabags

Begin by turning the faucet on and letting the water run until it gets really hot.  Then fill up the container that is being used to make the tea.

When the jug is filled, pour in one cup of sugar .

Stir until the sugar is dissolved.

Add the eight tea bags.  To make the tea flavored use four regular tea bags and  4 flavored ones.  Mixing the two keeps the flavor from being too strong.  I enjoy raspberry, blackberry, and peach flavors.  (As I type this, I'm wondering what it would taste like to mix the flavors...hmmmm....something to try!!)

And now for the biggest secret to my sun tea....I don't typically use sun.  Crazy, I know.  I began making this tea a few years ago in the winter.  Since there is no sun here in central PA for months during the winter, I had to use the hot water to make the tea.  If the idea seems a little strange to you, go ahead and stick the jar outside!

Leave the tea sit for two to three hours depending on how strong you want it.

Pour the tea over some ice and add a lemon slice if you'd like. Refrigerate the remaining tea.

Sit and enjoy!

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