Wednesday, July 29, 2009

One of Our Easiest Recipes

Have you ever tried making sun tea? I'm not much of an iced tea drinker myself. However, being that the constant and pelting rain turned to blistering hot and hazy humidity, I have been drinking anything I can get down my throat lately. With just enough agave syrup, and a glass full of ice, it's like nectar from the sun.
Basically, you don't really need the sun to make tea. If you steep bags in a jar of water, the liquid readily becomes tea. The sun does help to deepen the flavor, however, releasing more of the essential oils of bergamot, lavender, lemon, orange, or whatever you have added to your tea.

Some recent flavors we've attempted are:
Lemon chamomile
Lavender Lemon
Green lemonade (green tea and lemon zinger)
White peach (white tea and peach puree)

Some we are going to try soon:
White raspberry lime (white tea, raspberry puree and lime juice/rind)
Lemon spearmint
Chocolate mint (we have a chocolate mint plant in the yard)

To make sun tea:

Use a clean, quart or gallon sized jar. Fill it with water. Add tea bags to your liking. I usually add about 6-7 bags for a gallon jar, but we like it really strong. after the tea has brewed in the sun for around 4 hours, you can sweeten it to taste. You can also keep it unsweetened (of course!) and sweeten it per glass - or not at all. We keep ours refrigerated. This will keep for days, though I'd be surprised if it lasted that long!



Lisa S said...

Mmm, the green tea/lemon zinger combo sounds yummy...gonna try it tomorrow! Thanks

Michelle said...

Oh we just loooove sun tea:-) We're "purists," though...just straight black tea (the strong stuff that we "smuggle" in from family visits to Canada ;-) Helps us keep up with the kiddos!!

alternative medicine, holistic said...

Green tea with Zinger!!!!nothing is going to get better than this.