Making sun tea is fun and easy. Caffeine-free herbal teas are hydrating for the body and are more flavorful than plain water.
In the warmer weather, I like to keep myself in a steady supply of sun tea by setting a jar out in the sun each morning and then popping it in the fridge at the end of the day. By the time I’ve drank with the previous day’s tea, I have a fresh batch ready to go.
If you don’t have a sunny location to brew your tea or you just want it more quickly, then simply pour hot water over the tea bags in your container. Allow to steep for 5 minutes, remove tea bags, sweeten and chill.
Some teas I like to use: Rooibos, Green Tea, Peach Tea, Peppermint Tea, Green Tea Blueberry or Pomegranate, Lemon Ginger, Cranberry. Flavors may also be combined.
Ramp it up, by using fresh herbs from the market or your garden – simply combine a handful of fresh herbs with water and set it out in the sun.
I typically use about 1/4 c. of fresh herb per cup. So, for a half gallon of tea (which is 8 cups), use 2 cups of fresh herbs to 8 cups water.
Place the herbs in first, top off with water, cover with a secure lid, give the contents a good shake, and leave in full sun for 5-8 hours, depending on how intense of a flavor you wish to achieve..
My favorites are mint, lemon verbena and pineapple sage. You can add a green tea bag into your herbal tea for a little bit of caffeine and the antioxidants.