I have been seeing sun tea pop up on pinterest a ton lately. I’ve heard about it, but never made it/tried it/really thought much of it before.
One sunny day, I decided to see what all the fuss was about and decided to make some tea of my own.
I took stock of what kind of tea we had in the house, and decided to make mint raspberry tea.
25 cups of water
20 tea bags (I used 10 plain Lipton tea bags and 10 raspberry tea bags)
1 cup of sugar
A whole lot of sunshine!
I started by getting out my big mason jar drink dispenser. I love that thing. I poured in the water. To make the tea bags easier to fish out at the end of this experiment, Dan suggested I tie them together. Good idea. A quick knot later, the bags went in the jar. At the last minute, and for good measure, I added in a few mint sprigs fresh from the garden.
Now, just let Mother Nature do its thing. I left the jar outside in the sun for about 4-5 hours. When I went to retrieve it, I was surprised at how warm the jar was. There was even some condensation in the jar itself. That tea must have been steeping in hot water for a while. I added half a cup of sugar, stirred, and then added the second half cup. The tea was warm, so the sugar dissolved pretty easily. I wish I would have snapped a photo at this point, but I forgot until later in the day, when a good portion of the tea was gone.
Believe it or not, there is still a whole pitcher’s worth of tea left in the jar. We’ve been drinking it all week.
If I had time, I would have put the jar in the fridge for a while to cool. But, a bowl full of ice seemed to do the trick. Just put a ton of ice in a glass, pour in some tea, and you’re good to go.
Honestly, this was one of the easiest things I’ve ever “made” from pinterest. And it was a complete pinterest success too! I’ll be making this refreshing tea again and again this summer.