My father in law introduced me to sun tea; something I never heard of before 8 years ago.
What is that?! You ask. It’s tea brewed by being in the sun over the course of 6-12 hours on a warm day. I’ve finally made it on my own after getting the recipe from my in laws.
Start off by investing in a large box of green tea. Whoa buddy, this recipe takes 18 green tea bags for a 1-2 gallon glass container. Fill the glass container with water. Tie the strings of the 18 bags together to make it easier to pick up. Add 2 bags of peppermint tea or a fresh peppermint sprig. Place it in the sun and let it “cook”!
After 6 hours I brought it in and added slices of lemon and honey to taste. (For me that was a guessing game. Just add whatever looks good to you 😉). I didn’t add any sweetener, but you can add some if you prefer. Then I placed it back in the sun for another 6 hours.
Now you may be thinking “what difference does it make if I do the same recipe using boiled water?” You’re right, you could save a whole day by just boiling the water. But you would miss out on a fresh, kissed by the sun tasting tea. Think of it this way, a slow cooked piece of meat is more juicy and delicious than one cooked on high within five minutes. Or how red wine ages to create a masterpiece. Well folks, this could be your slow brewed masterpiece of tea.
So I’m done attempting to describe the difference (difficulty level = high). Try it out and taste the rays of sun for yourself.
Happy Tea-ventures 😊
2 thoughts on “Sun Tea”
We used to do this when we were camping and hot water was at a premium. It can be done in a quart jar with several tea bacg and then add water to dilute. OR one tea bag and a pint jar.
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Good idea!! Thanks!!