How to Make Sun Tea
Sun tea, also known as iced tea, is the perfect drink for summer. And not just because it’s the laziest recipe you could come up with. It also uses some of summer’s finest produce, tastes great ice-cold, and doesn’t require to turn on the stove because it brews in the sun.
Which is out.
Because it’s summer.
We did some experimenting and learned that it’s remarkably hard to make bad-tasting sun tea. Want to try your hand at this delicious drink? Have at it.
For the tea
- Screw-top Mason jars
- Tea bags (we went with black and green teas)
- Extras including, but not limited to, mint, lemon, peach, ginger, thyme, raspberries, plums. Basically, anything that grows in the summer
For the tags
- Large circular paper punch
Step 1: Create a Recipe
Cut up any fruits and herbs you plan on using. Add the tea and all those goodies to an empty Mason jar.
Step 2: Add Water
Fill the jars almost to the rim and screw on the lids. Leave just a little extra room, since you’ll be placing them in the sun and hot air expands. #science
Step 3: Make Tags
To make a tags, cut out two small circles — or any other shapes – of paper. Write the sun tea ingredients on one tag.
You may need to trim down the existing tea bag tag in order to cover it up. Put some glue on back tag and press it to the tea bag. Repeat for the front of the tag and press both sides together.
Step 4: Brew
Leave the jars in a sunny spot (windowsill, table, hood of your car) for 3-5 hours.
Step 5: Enjoy
Depending on the ingredients you used, you may want to use a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to filter the tea before you drink it. Lemons tend to lose seeds and you might not enjoy sucking up a tiny thyme leaf through your straw.
But who are we to judge.
Pour over ice for the best possible sun tea experience. And be sure to taste ever. single. one.
Let us know if you have a genius sun tea recipe in a comment below. We want all your secrets.