Glorious summer is definitely a time for hangin' on the deck with friends with a cool drink in hand while the birds chirp and dogs and kiddos romp.
Here's a super simple way to have Mama Nature do the work to brew your own DELICIOUS sun tea for those lovely afternoons.
Because, as a family, we are making an effort to steer clear of plastic in the kitchen, we use a large glass jar with a latch top.
Next, choose whichever type of tea you enjoy. I often use six standard Lipton teabags. Sometimes I blend 3 regular Lipton teabags with 3 decaffeinated bags, if I plan to drink iced tea in the evening hours. Of course, you can use any type of tea that tickles your fancy!
|Fresh mint growing in the yard. Mmmmm!|
Pull off the top portions of about 4-5 stalks of healthy mint.
|I use the tops sections of mint to infuse with the tea.|
|Rinse mint with clean water.|
|Add to jar.|
|Sun tea ready for SUN!|
I leave the jar on my deck to brew for about 4-6 hours, depending on how strong I would like it to be. Within moments, you can see the tea starting to seep into the water.
|Leave in direct sunlight for 4-6 hours.|
After about an hour, you will see a warm golden color spreading through your jar.
|This tea will be ready in a few more hours.|
When the color of your tea is a consistent, deep amber, it's ready! Remove your teabags and mint, refrigerate and enjoy!
|When tea is ready, remove teabags from the water.|
|And then extract the mint as well.|
|Ready to be refrigerated.|
|Mint garnish, anyone?|
XOXO From My Hearth to Yours