In England, iced tea isn't widely popular. In the States, iced tea is available sweetened, unsweetened, and with flavor infusions like peach, mint or blackberry. There are many options! When the weather is scortching, the way is has been the last couple of days, I tend to miss the availability of iced tea. So, today I made Sun Tea with the help of that big burning ball in the sky (and the pups, of course)!
Sun Tea is left to brew using the hot summer sun. Here's how to make your own:
What you need:
- A glass jar or jars, like mason jars.
- Tea of your choice.
- Distilled Water
- Elements for extra flavor such as lemons, fresh mint, etc.
What to do:
- Sterilize your jar(s) by washing them thoroughly with soap and warm water. Making sun tea makes a pretty ideal situation for bacteria growth if allowed, so this step is super important.
- Cut up your lemons or limes and add a few slices of each and some fresh mint to your jar(s).
- Add 4 or 5 tea bags to your jar, and fill it with the distilled water. When it comes to the amount of tea bags more is better than less. You can always water it down later if it tastes too strong.
- Set your jar out in direct sunlight for a couple of hours. The higher the temperature and the brighter the sun the quicker your tea will be done.
- Check your tea after a couple of hours. The darker it is the stronger it will be.
- Store the tea in your fridge and add a little sugar if you like. Your tea will keep for 3 to 4 days. I tend to drink mine faster than that. If your tea appears cloudy or thick, it's time to throw it out.
If you decide to give Sun Tea a go, let me know how it turns out and the type of tea and flavouring you used. Enjoy!