Is there any better way to slow down than to sit on the porch with an icey glass of tea while the sun sets in the distance? After a long hot day in the sun, you want to sit back and enjoy the setting, sip your homemade, just slightly sweet iced tea, and reflect on a long days work.
Second only to water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage around the world. Caffeinated or not, hot or cold, green, black, herbal, with milk or straight, they’ve all got their place. But perhaps the most fun tea is sun tea.
In 2 hours, you can have sun powered tea chilling in your fridge, ready for a fresh squeeze of lemon or a bit of honey. Start with mason jars or any glass container that has a lid. You don’t want to make too much at once because you should only make enough for a day at time. Because you aren’t ever boiling water, but instead letting it slowly heat up in the sun, there are a few out there that claim harmful bacteria develops. But if you make small amounts, brew for no more than a couple of hours and put it straight into the fridge, you’ll be golden.
How to get the good stuff
Simply wash your jars well, fill with water, submerge tea bags and herbs as you see fit (try fresh mint or lavender), top the jar, and set in the sun. Two hours later, you are on your way. Easy!
Get Crafty With It
- Give a gift of a personalized mason jar with a nice tea bag inside.
- Offer individual pint-sized sun teas for your next BBQ or roof deck cocktail party.
- Forget the tea and use fresh mint leaves, garnish with tons of lemon juice.
- For the adults, turn your sun tea into cocktails by making Mint and Sorrel Iced Tea, Licorice Mint Iced Tea, a John Daly AKA Drunken Arnold Palmer, a plain ol’ Southern Iced Tea Cocktail.