As I was out and about today with my client's in Tyler, Texas, the beautiful sunny weather reminded me of when my parents would make Sun Tea. I know, I know, Texans take their iced tea very seriously! Some people can only drink tea made by a certain person. Others think the best tea comes from a particular restaurant. However, especially with weather as beautiful as today, Sun Tea is fun to make, and in my option tastes pretty great!
Sun Tea Ingredients
- Tea Bags (my family prefers original tea bags as opposed to flavor), and my dad says 9 tea bags, but of course this depends on the size of the container, and how strong you like your tea.
- Glass container/pitcher
- Optional: Sugar or sweetener.
- Optional: Mint Leaves, Lemon Slices, etc.
Example of Glass Pitcher
Fill pitcher with water, and then add tea bags. I personally like to tie my tea bags together, so removal is easier!
Then bring the pitcher outside, and let it sit in the sun for about 30 minutes. If you like stronger tea, leave it out in the sun longer, if you like your tea with less flavor, leave it out in the sun less time. The sun will brew the tea gradually, and the flavor is wonderful!
After that, remove tea bags, and enjoy! While the tea is still a little warm from the sun, if you would like to add sugar or sweetener, this would be the best time so that the sugar dissolves. My favorite way is to add fresh mint to my glass of tea.
I always loved when my parents would make this, and remember as a little girl sitting outside and watching the tea change colors!