Summer Sun Tea: the sophisticated taste of childhood.

Today is the first day in a long time I’ve felt summer. Here in the bay area the climate is pretty temperate, so even on a hot day, somehow the feeling of my childhood ‘summer,’ the sizzling skin, the shimmering air, the intense blue sky, doesn’t translate. However, today, laying on a blanket on the porch, playing cards, and eating cold noodles (Cooking with Dog style, but made with instant ramen noodles), I feel summer. My hair even feels a few shades lighter, and my skin smells of summer salt.

In celebration we made Sun Tea. What is Sun Tea? Well, the staple of my hippie childhood and a taste I still hold dear. Take your favorite herbal tea, or make your own, get a large glass jug of some kind full of cold water, put the tea in the water, and put the whole apparatus into the sun for an afternoon. In theory, it isn’t too different from normal tea, but in practice, it’s delicious. Somehow brewing the tea in the hot sun instead of through boiling water gives it a different taste. Sophisticated and delicate iced tea.

Try it. It’s simple, delicious, and you can keep it in your fridge for quite awhile. Insta-tea! Well, not really, but close :)

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