We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
One evening I realized I'd forgotten to brew up a batch of sun tea and didn't want to wait for hot tea to be chilled enough for the fridge. So I stuck a couple of teabags into a carafe of cold water, and let it steep for an hour or so. Voila! MOON TEA. Which I do not ruin with sugar. Lemon, maybe. Sugar, no.
We also make moon tea. Set the jar out late in the evening on a concrete slab that has been heated all day by the sun. The heat from the slab apparently causes convection in the water in the jar. Bring it in the morning and it is ready to drink. At whatever temperature you prefer.
I never really developed the taste for tea hot or cold, sweet or unsweet. My favorite drink today is ice water. I find it is better with a meal aiding digestion and better between meals for quenching thirst. I used to enjoy sodas but since developing a hiatal hernia soda gives me hiccups and acid reflux.
Aye. Fave iced tea recipe: 1x Herbal mint tea bag. 2x Bigelow Constant Comment tea bags. 3x Large Lipton iced-tea bags all in a 1/2 gallon glass jug. 1-2 Tbsp honey if a hint of sweetness is desired. Makes really good iced tea or Arnold Palmers (use raspberry lemonade). Wonder what the baking soda is for, in the recipe at the link.
Bring a quart of water to boil, turn off. Drop in 4 bags of black tea and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. Let steep for 20 min. Pour in a gallon pitcher on top of a 1/4 cup of honey and stir. Fill with water. Pour over ice. Best "sweet tea" in the world.
I've read that there are various risks in making sun tea and that, as mostly cajun indirectly suggests, you can get the same or better results through the cold brew method. I've made it that way myself with tea bags in a jar in the refrigerator and it works great.