Texas is hot. The high 90 and 100 degree weather starts in June and doesn't relent until the middle or end of September. The high temperatures become particularly unbearable in August when the wind stops. To avoid certain death by dehydration, I always have a drink in my hand. Water is fine, but not preferred. The sugary sodas or Gatorade get old real fast. My drink of choice is an iced-tea because it is minimally sweet (at least the way I make it) but always refreshing. The picture is my absolute favorite. The original recipe is from Epicurious.com, but I've adapted it to ease preparation. My recipe is listed below. When your own temperatures reach the triple digits make yourself a pitcher - or two.
Iced Citrus Sun Tea
2 1/2 Cups Orange Juice (made into ice-cubes)
4 Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger tea bags
5 cups of water
1 Tablespoon lime juice
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar
Heat 2 1/2 cups water to boiling and add tea bags. Steep tea for five to seven minutes and then remove tea bags. Add 1/4 of sugar and stir until dissolved. Add remaining 2 1/2 cups of cold water (can add ice instead of water if you want to chill tea faster). Add lemon and lime juice and stir completely. Serve over orange juice ice cubes.