When you order iced tea below the Mason Dixon line you will receive sweetened tea. The sweetness is implied. That is Dixie’s version of iced tea. Those above the line and in the Western part of the U.S. must ask for sweeteners in their iced tea if they want it. Otherwise the order will arrive straight up.
No matter how you take your iced tea, the drink is believed to have some health benefits. It is credited with helping to reduce the risks of heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Results of a British study even infer that it may help to calm stress.
Here Comes the Sun
Research has also shown that the longer tea is steeped, the more health-inducing antioxidants the liquid will absorb. Which brings us back to summer and a popular seasonal tea-brewing method. Sun tea may be one of the healthiest types of the beverage because it steeps in sunlight over many hours.
Want to give it a try? It’s easy to make. Just follow the directions below.
· 16 Tea Bags
· 1 gallon Water
· Pour water into a 1-gallon clear glass jar.
· Add Tea bags and cover tightly.
· Be sure to let the strings hang outside the jar for easy removal.
· Set the jar in a sunny place such as a patio or countertop in direct sunlight.
· Let the tea steep in the sunlight for 5 hours.
· Remove the tea bags and set aside.
· Pour finished tea over ice and serve straight up or sweetened.
· Garnish with a slice of citrus fruit or a mint sprig.
Let the sun tea refresh you, and when you finish nourish your plants with the used tea bags.
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