As the weather moves closer to Summer, its time to take advantage of the sun’s warmth. And the best way to do it? Make some tea without heating up your kitchen or using energy-draining kettles.

Sun tea is nature’s response, brewed simply from the sun’s shining rays.iced-tea-pitcher

Basic method

  • Put about six tea bags in a clear, 2 litre glass container
  • Fill with cold water and cover, either with lid or small towel (just to keep it bug and debris-free)
  • Place outside in direct sunlight for about five hours – make sure it stays in the sun, moving it if necessary
  • When it’s brewed to your liking (leave it longer if you like it stronger), remove from the sun and place it in the fridge (you can leave in the tea bags if you’d like)
  • Serve chilled
  • Note: It works best if its at least about 25 degrees C outside

Variations

Simple changes, like using herbal tea bags, adding a little sweetener, such as agave nectar, or a few sprigs of your favourite herbs are delicious, and offer endless options. After it brews, add a few slices of lemons when it sits in the fridge. Or try one of these:

Berry mint sun tea

6 cups (1.5 L) cold water
4 herbal tea bags, berry-flavoured
3 sprigs of fresh mint leaves
24 frozen strawberries or about 3 cups of frozen raspberries (keep frozen until serving)

  • Place water in a large glass container, and add the tea bags and mint. Cover, and place in sunlight for about five hours.
  • When it’s finished, discard the tea bags and mint. Chill in fridge until ready to serve.
  • When serving, divide frozen berries between glasses, and top with the tea.

Chai-Inspired Sun Tea

Looking for something more interesting? Try this version, care of Michael Smith from Food Network Canada.

6 bags of Rooibos chai tea, or your favourite tea flavour
1 bunch fresh mint leaves
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
3 tbsp honey
2 tbsp grated ginger
1 can coconut milk

  • Place tea bags, mint leaves, lemon zest and juice, honey and ginger into a large jar and fill with water.
  • Cover with a lid and place in direct sunlight for about 3 hours.
  • Fill glasses with ice and pour about two thirds full with the sun tea.
  • Top with coconut milk and serve

If you have a favourite combination – tell us below!


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