With the weather getting hotter and the languid days of summer approaching, now is a great time to make Sun Tea. For those who haven’t heard of it, it’s letting go of the kettle and letting nature make tea for you. Essentially you put leaves in a sealed container where the sun can heat it and wait for a couple hours, and you have some sun brewed tea. It is important though to remember to sanitize your container before brewing tea in it – as it is not boiling, bacteria can form. That aside, making a good sun tea is a great way to really taste the summer. This doesn’t have to be done with plain black tea though, there is great opportunity for lots of recipes. Martha Stewart recommends an Herbal Sun Tea:
- 2 tablespoons loose rooibos tea
- 2 tablespoons dried lemon verbena or dried mint
- 2 quarts cold water
- Honey or sugar, to taste
- Place tea and lemon verbena or mint on a square of cheesecloth. Tie into a bundle with kitchen twine. Place tea bag in a large glass jar, and add water. Cover, and steep in direct sunlight for 2 hours.
- Strain tea, and discard solids. Stir in honey or sugar. Serve immediately, or refrigerate up to 3 days
There are plenty of things to try – though it is important to be safe. Sun tea can be really great, but if there’s bacteria in it, it can be not so awesome. Drinking any tea is a great way to kick off the summer – and drinking sun tea may be something to try.