sun tea

yum!

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When I think of summer, sipping on iced tea comes to mind. I want to share with you one of my favorite ways to make iced tea. It takes a little longer than usual, but in the end it is well worth it. Allow me to introduce you to Sun Tea. Maybe you love the taste or you’re enjoying a  summer power outage, a jug of of sun tea always hits the spot. Summer makes you ask this when it comes to brewing tea, “why even heat up so much as a kettle when Mother Nature will do it for you?” With the blaring sunshine, using minimal equipment is one of the best ways to enjoy a tasty beverage.

Tea
Black teas work wonderfully for sun tea, since they’re full of those floral flavors that remind us of summer. Black teas are also versatile over ice, or infused with seasonal ingredients.

Pitcher
You’ll want a glass, glass is easier for the sun to hit. If you use plastic, believe it or not it’s not really “clear”.

Water
I am a believer of tap water.

Sun
You want a place you can set your pitcher in intense direct sun to allow the tea to brew.

When making the tea, use a 2:1 ratio of ounces of water to grams of tea. Ensure that the tea is fully submerged in the water, and then lid your jar. It is recommend to keep the jug in the direct sunlight for 3-5 hours (but you can keep it in the sun for up to 12 hours!); you’ll know your sun tea is ready for you by color and taste.

Remember you can add any seasonal ingredient- mint, lemon, sugar or just keep it at the black tea that is made from the sun-kissed infusion. Make sure you wait until it’s brewed to taste before (adding sugar) diluting with water or ice. Most of all, enjoy!