As the mercury breaks 100°F on these hot summer days (or 38°C for those of you on a metric system) a great way to make some tea without heating up your kitchen is to use the power of the sun to make sun tea.
The Best Tea Bags for Sun Tea
This recipe calls for regular teabags—the kind you would use to make a single cup of tea. Use 4 bags if you're using 2 quarts of water; 8 bags if you're using a gallon of water. The sun tea method also works with larger tea bags that are meant to make iced tea. Simply use the recommended amount of water per large tea bag that's on the box's directions.
Black tea is commonly used to make sun tea, but you can make sun tea from any flavor of tea you'd like. To get the strength you want, you may need to experiment with the number of tea bags if using a more mildly flavored tea.
Containers for Brewing Sun Tea
Glass is preferable over plastic for brewing sun tea because the heat from the sun can cause the plastic to alter the flavor of the tea and possibly leach some chemicals into it. If using plastic, make sure the container is BPA free.
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How to Make Sun Tea
I usually make sun tea with various forms of herbal tea. Sometimes you can put in a few sprigs of fresh mint as well.
4 to 8 regular tea bags
Make the tea:
Put 4 to 8 tea bags into a clean 2 quart or gallon glass container (4 teabags for a 2-quart container, 8 tea bags for a gallon container). Fill with water and cap.
Place in sun:
Place outside where the sunlight can strike the container for about 3 to 5 hours. Move the container if necessary to keep it in the sun. When the tea has reached its desired strength, remove from sun and put it in the refrigerator. You may or may not want to remove the tea bags at this point. I usually don't.
Store the tea:
The tea will probably taste more mellow than what you are used to from using boiling water. The slow steeping has a way of bringing out a slightly different flavor from the tea. Also, because you didn't use boiling water, you should refrigerate the tea and drink it up pretty quickly—a day or two. It will not keep as well as iced tea made from boiling water.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 6 to 8|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 1g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|