There's nothing better than a cup of iced tea on a hot summer day. Sun tea uses minimal equipment and creates a large pitcher of tea using only tea bags, water and sun. So easy right? My favorite part is being able to watch the tea start as a pale yellow and turn into a beautiful amber with only a few hours of the sun shining down on it. Knowing that only natural ingredients and energy were used in the process feels so gratifying.
So let's get started. Here's what you will need:
Large Glass Pitcher or Jug
Sterilize your jar by washing thoroughly with soap and water. Making
sun tea provides an ideal situation for bacteria growth, so this step is
Filtered water is preferred.
Use your favorite tea, there is no right or wrong with sun tea. Black or Rooibos tea always works well with sun tea. If you want to try something more fruity use a combination of orange pekoe and berry or peach-flavored teabags for brighter flavor. Pukka Tea has some really great options for sun tea. Their Elegant English Breakfast or Morning Time tea are fantastic. We really like using Pukka Refresh Tea.
Find a nice sunny spot to place the glass pitcher for a few hours.
Optional for lemon or herb infused tea:
Cut up slices of lemon or cut a few sprigs of mint, basil (would go good with raspberry or strawberry tea) or even rosemary.
Some like it Sweet:
Once tea is finished you can add your favorite natural sweetener. For example coconut crystals, coconut nectar, honey or stevia. We like to use fruit to sweeten our tea such as Mulberries, Goji Berries or Incan Berries. I would suggest adding the dried fruit to each cup and not the whole pitcher. This will keep the fruit from getting too soggy making it better to eat once you've finished your cup.
What to do:
1. Fill your large glass pitcher or jug with filtered water.
2. Place 3-6 tea bags (depending on the size of pitcher) into your pitcher full of water.
3. Optional: add lemon or herbs.
4. Cover and set your sun tea in direct sunlight for about 3 hours but no more than 5 hours. The higher the temperature and brighter the sun the faster your tea will be done.
5. After a few hours check on your tea. The darker the color, the stronger the tea will be.
Once your tea has reached its desired strength, bring the pitcher inside and remove the tea bags. Add your sweetener or fruit and refrigerate. Pour over ice and enjoy. You can store your tea in the fridge for about 3-5 days.