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    Iced Tea Weather

    Hi All

    It is very hot and humid here in London making slaving over a hot keyboard very uncomfortable. I am fantasising about long, cold drinks but no alcohol while working <img src=/S/bwaaah.gif border=0 alt=bwaaah width=123 height=15>
    Anybody have a good refreshing iced tea recipe for me?

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    Re: Iced Tea Weather

    Buried in a post about something else, someone gave a recipe for southern sweet tea. She also gave good tips for brewing ice tea if you don't like it sweetened. I looked through titles of the posts and nothing rang a bell. Maybe she will direct us to her original link next time she is on.

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    Re: Iced Tea Weather

    Here is one we are enjoying.

    Crush 4-6 sprigs of mint thoroughly and add:
    Juice of 3 limes.
    Sprite, OR Ginger Ale OR Ginger Beer.
    Ice

    Of course, it is even better if you add rum!
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    Re: Iced Tea Weather

    Sounds good - but doesn't tea figure anywhere in it?

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    Re: Iced Tea Weather

    Sue,

    We brew mint and many other herbs as tea and mint is very refreshing in the heat. I like a 2/3 green and 1/3 mint combination over ice. Use water that did not quite make it to boiling to brew green tea.

    I remembered that the tea post was a long and found it for you <post#=195407>post 195407</post#>. The thread was started with a comparison of hot and iced tea drinkers in Canada and the US <post#=195312>post 195312</post#>.

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    Re: Iced Tea Weather

    Here's mine, pretty simple really....Sun Tea

    Large (2-3 gallon) glass jar
    12-18 tea bags

    Fill jar with water, add tea bags, cover jar and set in the sun. After a few hours you've got great tea to pour over ice.
    I usually use Liptons decaffeinated to make mine, but any tea will work. The stronger taste the better tho...

    Now, being that you're in London, I don't know how much sun you have on a daily basis, or if there is Liptons Tea, or how much a gallon is in metric (don't have a converter handy)-But here in California (Sacramento) it will be 103F today <img src=/S/fire.gif border=0 alt=fire width=15 height=15> and the sun is blazing, so the tea will be great!

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    Re: Iced Tea Weather

    Thanks Gabi

    Liptons Tea is no problem here and we still use gallons - somehow we have escaped metric volume measure - probably something to do with milk and beer!

    Equally the sun is no problem we have had it all day and it is glorious. The sky is a colour I would call California Blue.

    I am going to try tomorrow but as it is weekend I am allowed a Pimms while it is brewing!

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    Re: Iced Tea Weather

    The markets here sell Sun Tea Jars that have a plastic twist-on/off lid with a spout. If you have those available, they are best to use. Mine is sitting on top of the refrigerator at the moment, but it's coming off tonight....All this talk of Iced Tea has my mouth watering!

    I think 2 or 3 Pimms may be in order, as it takes several hours to brew! <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

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    Re: Iced Tea Weather

    I make green tea and spearmint. I get green leaf tea in the tins at a chinese market. Gunpowder tea is good. It is green tea leaves rolled up in tight little bullets. I grow my own spearmint. It grows like a weed here in Florida, and winters over. If the plants are producing, I use the fresh leaves. When they get huge, I dry the leaves and hoard them in jars. I use a Mrs. Tea automatic tea maker. It doesn't boil the water. If you put green tea leaves in boiling water, it brings out the bitterness. You can brew a batch of leaves maybe 3 times, but always mix the 3 brews. Each brings out a different taste from the leaves. Afraid I'm not a purist, though. I put sugar in it.

    Also drink a lot of oolong tea from the chinese markets. Oolong is supposed to help lower cholesterol.

    And, absolutely no food or drinks on the computer table. No cats either.

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    Re: Iced Tea Weather

    <<And, absolutely no food or drinks on the computer table. No cats either.>>

    Oh Jeez, I've got two ceramic coffee cups without lids, an aluminum coffee carafe from Starbucks (w/lid) and a paper cup from Java City sitting on my desk as we "speak". No cats though. I do however, have a picture of my dumb cocker spaniel as my wallpaper-Does that count?

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    Re: Iced Tea Weather

    Not at all! Wallpaper rarely upchucks on your keyboard! Or drops those little wads of fuzzy hair inbetween the keys.

    Back in my Atari days, I scared myself good once. Had a cup full of something sitting there and was busily popping 5 1/4" floppies in and out of 2 external drives when I klutzed into that cup. It boggled back and forth and rolled to a stop without spilling a drop. But I looked around at what it would have spilled into and vowed never to put food on the same surface with the computer again. It's sort of a diet. If it's hard to reach, you eat less of it. . . .

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