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TEA TIME IN THE SUMMER TIME  Sunday, August 15, 2010

There’s something soothing about sipping a hot cup of tea— unless you’re facing near 100ºF temperatures during a hot, city summer. When the mercury starts to rise, it’s time to rethink your morning routine. In fact, it means starting your tea the night before. Forget waiting for a boiling cup to cool off, or risk a watered down drink with too much ice. The answer is easily found in a method touted mainly for coffee drinkers: cold-brewed.

Using a glass measuring cup or pitcher, add one teabag per four ounces of cold water. Double it, triple it, use flavored teas—you name it. Let the mixture steep for 8 to 10 hours, and when you wake up, just pour over some ice and you’re ready to greet the day. And if you wake up to a suddenly cool break from the heat and humidity, no worries. This is double strength, so just add an equal amount of hot water instead of ice cubes.