Refreshing Ways to Stay Cool This Summer (Part II)

Cool, fruited iced tea... 

Yesterday was, mercifully, considerably cooler than the previous days.  Still, it was brutally hot and I stayed home to fend off a hideous case of the sniffles with some intensely spicy noodle soup and a huge tumbler of fruited iced tea.  Need I mention that the latter is almost ridiculously simple to make?  Put three tablespoons of instant iced tea into a large tumbler and dilute with 1/4 cup of your juice of choice; fill up with ice-cold water.  (Fontana Cranberry or Sour Cherry juices are wonderful, and freshly squeezed ponkan [Mandarin orange] juice is a real pleasure.)

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