Prep 5 mins
Cook 3 hrs
I find most recipes for sun tea to be weak and tasteless. I like this recipe and usually drink tons of it in warm weather.
- 6 small orange pekoe and black tea bags
- 3 small flavored herbal tea bags (fruit, rose hip or hibiscus flower are great)
- 1 fresh lemon (optional)
- 1 fresh lime (optional)
- honey, amount to taste (optional)
- Remove any tags from the tea bags (prevents dye from leeching into the tea) and place them in the bottom of a clear, glass, 1/2 gallon pitcher.
- Fill with cold water , add lemon and lime and cover with plastic wrap or lid (keeps gnats and other creepies out).
- Place outdoors in the sun (can do out of the sun as well, but takes just a bit longer).
- Allow to brew for 5-6 hours or until it is as dark as you like (warmer weather brews it faster).
- Remove tea bags and fruit and serve tea over ice, sweetened with honey if desired (mix it in while tea is warm).
- Tea will keep about 6 hours, after which the quality decreases rapidly.
A Great idea and it worked! I am not an expert on iced tea, but I DO like strong tea, and on that score this tea hit the spot. I added some honey and also a mint sprig too - next time I might add a little lemonade syrup for a bit more flavour, I did add some lemon juice but it was a little lost - however, this was a refreshing drink that I enjoyed! Made for the summer comfort cafe - thanks Sue! FT:-)
The absolute best. Made this last fall for my anniversary dinner and it was a crowd pleaser!!! This summer, my son and my husband asked for it again. I can't keep it in the fridge! My changes: my garden is filled with peppermint, so I stuff 48 oz mason jars with 4-6 fresh mint stalks, and the herbal teas you mentioned. The aroma is tantalizing. It's our exclusive summer drink, it's extremely refreshing, guaranteed!