Honestly, the hardest part is finding a glass (not plastic) jug. I like black tea - no particular brand favorite here, usually whatever I can find without tags. If they have strings and tags (and tiny staples) I worry about that in my tea in the sun..
Put 8-10 tea bags in a glass jug of water. Cover (use a lid if you can, foil if you don't have a lid) and set it outside. Sun is optional, mine is usually in the sun a bit of the day, but shady on the porch the rest of the time. It's the heat, gradual heat that matters. Let it sit outside for 3-5 hours then bring it inside. Pour over ice, add mint or fruit if desired and enjoy!
I found this jug at World Market on Monday ON SALE!! It's blue glass, mason jar look-alike and has a metal lid. The only part I would change is the spout - I wish it were metal, it's plastic that looks like metal. :) However, I paid $13.35 for this 2.2 gal jar so I'm not complaining about the plastic spout! This glass jug is a perfect fit in my fridge, so every couple of days I will brew a new batch and drink fresh sun tea!
Second taste of the summer - fresh berries! I wanted a grain-free berry shortcake. One of our favorite restaurants around here has a fresh mixed berry shortcake with ice cream that is my boyfriend's favorite. However, I can't have the flour and I don't like the sugar and dairy necessarily. So I tried a new recipe.
Cook, Eat, Paleo has a recipe that I started with. I made a half batch of the shortcakes. I attempted to make the cream, but it didn't set up. I think it's the brand - unfortunately I didn't get the kind I like to work with since I went to a different grocery.
I also made a mix of berries (blueberries, blackberries and strawberries) that I mashed up last night with my pampered chef mix n chop and let them sit overnight in the fridge. The flavors blended perfectly!
While my cream was more of a liquid than a whipped cream, this was still delicious and tasted perfect!
Plus, the berries look perfectly patriotic with ice cream.... just a great USA treat to have while watching World Cup Soccer! I think I'm going to keep a container of smooshed berries ready all summer long!