And no, even though I am an avid fan of Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody mysteries, I’m not talking about whiskey and soda. For me, during this unbelievably hot and humid summer, my refreshing beverage of choice has been iced tea (or do you say ice tea?).
While I still begin my days with a mug or two of hot tea, I quickly switch over to glass after glass of iced tea. Most of the summer, I’ve felt as if I’m fighting off dehydration, it’s been that hot. I do drink some straight water, but the majority of the time, it’s just iced tea.
My iced tea of choice is pure, unadulterated black iced tea. No lemon, and definitely no sweetener of any kind.
At home I make my own iced tea; big pitchers of the stuff can be found in my refrigerator most days. But when I’m at work, I make one or two quick runs each day for huge glasses of iced tea to bring back to the office (no access to a refrigerator…sigh).
Some restaurants have practically undrinkable iced tea. I’m not sure exactly what they do to it, as they claim it’s “fresh brewed.” I’m convinced that one franchise in town actually “brews” their iced tea in containers that previously held coffee, it has that strong of a coffee taste. In places like that, I’ve taken to asking for half lemonade/half iced tea. I don’t find it quite as refreshing, but it’s drinkable.
How about you? What’s your go-to drink in hot weather?