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Recipe for Tasty, Refreshing Sun Tea

Updated on November 17, 2016
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Seafarer Mama (Karen) loves to lose herself in the culinary arts by mixing her story-telling with sharing recipes.

Images of sun tea and ingredients

sun tea set out to "brew" in the sun at my friend Fran's house
sun tea set out to "brew" in the sun at my friend Fran's house | Source
peppermint growing in our peppermint patch
peppermint growing in our peppermint patch | Source
cinnamon, honey, lemon, and peppermint all make lovely garnishes for sun tea
cinnamon, honey, lemon, and peppermint all make lovely garnishes for sun tea | Source

Making delicious tea that is warmed by the sun

Sun Tea is tea that is "brewed" by using the warmth of the sun instead of boiling water on a stove. This type of tea is simple, economical, and environmentally friendly because it is made naturally. No extra electric or gas energy is used in the process. The water is warmed by solar energy. It also holds a legacy of being used for generations across diverse cultures.

Making sun tea is one of my favorite summer pastimes. I make my own unique brew that is naturally sweetened with honey. It is a recipe developed from the methods used by my aunt and by other relatives and friends over the years. Now I would like to share it with you.

Materials and Ingredients

1 Large glass jar or beverage serving jar

Enough water to fill the jar

3 or 4 tea bags

1 cinnamon stick

1 lemon

Peppermint leaves

2 T. organic honey (or agave nectar)

Steps for Making Sun Tea

1. Fill a jar of water 2/3 to 3/4 of the way with water.

2. Open 3 or 4 tea bags and tie them together, then take off the tags. If the bags do not have a tag or string, just let them float on the surface. I often drop a cinnamon stick in at this point.

3. Place the jar on a ledge of your patio or deck that receives lots of direct sunlight. Leave it there for several hours, until the desired strength is reached.

4. With clean hands, take the tea bags out of the water and add them to your compost pile if they are organic.

5. To the tea, add a tablespoon or two of honey, several rinsed mint leaves, and half of a lemon sliced thin. The mint leaves and lemon slices make a pretty garnish.

6. Fill up the rest of the jar with ice cubes.

7. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

A big jar of this tea is a perfect beverage to bring to a large gathering on a hot summer day. Most recently, I made a batch for a bunch of my neighbors when I attended a BBQ on July 4th. Have fun trying different tea flavors, or a combination of flavors. and varying the type of fruit used. Give free reign to your creativity!

© 2010 Karen A Szklany

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      Karen A Szklany 6 years ago from New England

      Hi "kschimme." Thanks for stopping by. :0) I hope that you will be have a chance to make the sun tea some time...:0) Do you have space to grow some mint in a pot near your home? Perhaps someone you know will give you a clipping so that you can grow it again. We had a lovely mint patch in our backyard when I grew up, too. :0)

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      Kimberly Schimmel 6 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      This sounds good! I miss the mint that grew all around my old house--it does make tea extra special.

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      Karen A Szklany 7 years ago from New England

      Thank you GPAGE and Tinardlifecoach! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Have a great, refreshing spring and summer. I know I will sip lots of iced tea while reading your hubs. :0)

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      Tinardlifecoach 7 years ago from Ann Arbor

      I love iced tea. The pictures are great!

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      GPAGE 7 years ago from California

      Thanks for sharing....will try this recipe for sure! Best, GPAGE

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      Karen A Szklany 7 years ago from New England

      Thanks for saying so, Dobson. :0)

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      Dobson 7 years ago from Virginia

      As with humagaia, tea is not on my list of preferred drinks, but this method seems to be a great one. You have provided some great info for the tea drinkers!

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      Tony 7 years ago from At the Gemba

      Will be as hot as coming from the kettle here in Saudi, I will have to try this.

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      IzzyM 7 years ago from UK

      Thanks for sharing. This tea look really refreshing :)

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      Karen A Szklany 7 years ago from New England

      Good point, humagaia. Thanks for writing. :0)

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      Charles Fox 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Tea and coffee are not my forte but brewing tea this way seems to me to be the perfect way. Unless, of course you live in the UK where it would be great to see some sun on occasions to be able to undertake your suggestion.

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