Summer is here, and it's HOT out there. It’s the time to be out in the sun, on the beach or by a pool, tanning away with an ice-cold drink in your hand. And what is better than iced tea? Whether it’s "Long Island" or not is your call...
One of my favorite options for an always-delicious glass of iced tea is one that is made by the heat source itself…Grab a hold of the best loose-leaf tea you can find (with all those amazing health benefits included) and join me in making a summertime sun tea.
What you’ll need:
- Loose-leaf herbal tea (Summer Herbal Tea is our favorite for this purpose)
- 2 glass receptacles (jars work really well)
A larger jar can be used for a family sized sun tea, or to drink over a couple of days.
How to make your Sun Tea:
- To begin, decide on how much tea you would like to make. For each cup of water, you will need about a tablespoon of tea (I use heaping tablespoons.) This time I decided to use a 4-cup jar, so 4 tablespoons of tea —I chose our Summer Herbal Tea.
- Fill your receptacle with water according to your measurements.
- Mix in the tea leaves and herbs.
- Place in a sunny area and let it brew!
Since it is a sun tea, make sure you choose a sunny day for your brewing. Ideally you should leave the jar of tea in the sun for between 2-3 hours, depending on how strong you like your tea and the time of day it is, but there is no perfect timing. You can leave your jar out before going to work and have it ready when you come back and are ready to relax. I love to leave it out while I tan on these hot summer days.
After 3 hours, here is a before and after of our tea:
- Once the tea is brewed to your liking, strain the tea into your second receptacle.
6. If you like your tea sweet, now is the time to add BeeLove Raw Honey, while the tea is still warm from the sun.
7. Refrigerate your sun tea to cool, or just add ice!
8. And that's it! You're ready for a taste treat. Nothing better than a nice cold glass of this tea! Enjoy!
Love and Light,