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Sun Tea is a great way to make the Summer sun work for you!
Sun Tea is one of those things that I remember making all summer long when I was a kid. My mom is a huge tea drinker and we always had a glass jar of tea hanging out on the back porch.
It was my job to get it all together. Tea bags and water. A few sprigs of mint from the garden. A couple slices of lemon. Then Mom and I would find the perfect spot to perch the glass jar so that it would get a strong ray of sunshine all morning.
It’s the little things that you remember most about being a kid.
How to Make Sun Tea
It’s really easy. You need :
Fresh Mint and sliced lemons
Fill up your clean jar with water, add in your tea bags (pro tip: drape the strings over the edge of the jar so you can remove them easily later), mint and lemons.
Screw on the lid and set it in the sunniest spot you can find. It usually takes 2-4 hours for your tea to be done.
Why is Sun Tea so Good?
Because it doesn’t boil Sun Tea is more mellow than traditional, boiled tea. It works great with herbal teas, like this Raspberry Lime Sun Tea.
Because it doesn’t boil, you’ll need to keep your sun tea in the fridge once it’s done. It’ll keep for a couple of days.
How to Sweeten Sun Tea
So, maybe you like sweet tea like a good Southerner. Making sun tea sweet requires a little extra step, but it’s not difficult. Basically all you need is a simple syrup and why not make it really exciting?! I’ve added some fresh blackberries to the syrup to give this tea an extra fruity punch! You could use any fruit you’ve got laying around.
Add a little delicious blackberry syrup to the bottom of your glass and pour your tea on top! It tastes just like a sunny day!
- 4 iced tea bags
- 1 gallon water
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 2 sprigs fresh mint
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cup water
- 6 oz fresh blackberries
- Place the water, tea bags, lemon and mint in a one gallon glass jar and cover with a tight fitting lid or plastic wrap.
- Place outside in direct sun for 2-4 hours or until the tea is your desired strength. Keep in the fridge and use within 3 days.
- Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer until reduced by half. Strain into a small glass jar and cool completely before use. Store in the fridge.Add a few tablespoons to your glass before adding your tea. Stir and enjoy!