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How to make a Sun Tea

Updated: Sep 17, 2022

Sun tea is a wonderful way to enjoy tea in the summer!

Sun Tea is a method of brewing tea slowly by using the heat of the sun to steep tea. It is a fascinating pastime to watch the water in the glass jar slowly change colour as the sun works its magic on the tea.

Sun Tea is really easy to make and is very adaptable to your own personal flavour preferences. Pick them fresh in your garden, your windowsill garden or wildcraft them in the bush. Play with the combinations of herbs you like. Add flower petals and/or berries for additional colour and taste! Due to the gentle steeping time, the herbs add a natural sweetness to the brew, so most of the time you don’t even have to add a sweetener! How to make sun tea:

  1. Add 1 – 2 cups of fresh herbs or 4 – 6 tbsp of dried herbs of your choice to a gallon glass jar.

  2. Fill the jar with water and screw on the lid.

  3. Place in the direct sun for 4 – 6 hours, or until desired strength is reached.

  4. Place in the fridge or add some ice cubes (made from a “left-over” sun tea)

  5. To serve: add sliced lemons, fresh mint, and sweetener (honey, simple syrup, agave…etc.) if desired.

  6. Enjoy!

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