Summer is here, and it is HOT out there. It’s the time to be out in the sun, on the beach or by a pool, tanning away with an ice cold drink in your hand. And what is better than an iced tea? Whether it’s long island or not is your call…
One of my favorite options for an always-delicious glass of iced tea is one that is made by the heat source itself…Grab a hold of the best loose-leaf tea you can find (with all those amazing health benefits included) and join me in making a summer time sun tea.
What you’ll need:
– Loose-leaf herbal tea
– 2 glass recipients (jars work really well)
A larger jar can be used for a family sized sun tea, or to drink over a couple of days.
How to make your Sun Tea:
- To begin, decide on how much tea you would like to make. For each cup of water, you will need about a tablespoon of tea. This time I decided to use a 4-cup jar, so 4 tablespoons of tea – I chose our Summer Herbal Tea Blend.
- Fill your recipient with water according to your measurements.
- Mix in the tea leaves and herbs.
- Place in a sunny area and let it brew!
Since it is a sun tea, make sure you choose a sunny day for your brewing. Ideally you should leave the jar of tea in the sun for between 2-3 hours, depending on how strong you like your tea and the time of day it is, but there is no perfect timing. You can leave your jar out before going to work and have it ready when you come back and are ready to relax. I love to leave it out while I tan on these hot summer days…nothing better than a nice cold glass of this stuff!
After 3 hours, here is a before and after of our tea:
- Once the tea is brewed to your liking, strain the tea into your second recipient.
6. If you like your tea sweet, now is the time to add honey, while the tea is still warm from the sun. (Plus, this way you don’t jeopardize the beneficial qualities of the honey with water that is too hot.
7. Refrigerate your sun tea to cool, or for those impatient souls, add ice!
8. And that’s it! You’re ready to fight off the heat. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
So this is our summer sun tea, but I also love making a moon tea with fresh lemon balm. Same idea, but left under the full moon overnight. The next full moon is on July 12th, so maybe I’ll show you how to make that one soon!
Light & Love,