Hey, it’s hot as heck outside so I’m making sun tea and I thought I’d share it here. In the south tea is a staple everywhere – I grew up drinking sweet tea religiously. Something that’s truly frowned upon once you go up north. People usually look at you confused when you ask for sweet tea, or they hand you sugar packets. I’m not sure why the obsession with tea is so prominent here. But I’m not mad about it. However I’m not a fan since it’s usually too sweet to tolerate. Which is why I make my own sun tea!
You can get creative with different types of tea, syrups and add-ins. Like green tea with agave, strawberry slices and chia seeds. It’s super easy and refreshening to transform your tea into a chia fresca, I actually have a green tea refresher recipe here. Chia seeds bulk it up and aid your digestion, so add them as you please whenever and wherever.
I thought it would fun to share a super simple and satisfying (whoa, alteration) beverage for the hotter months. I mean you might as well harness that sun-power and put it to good use, right? Sun tea is a basic concept that just allows you to brew tea without actually boiling water. You simply add your tea bags and water into a sealable container and set it outside to steep. Depending on the time of day and overall temperature, it usually takes 2-4 hours. If it’s centrally located in a sunny spot and hitting over 90 degrees F – it should only take a couple of hours total. Check on it every hour. For this recipe you’re waiting until it reaches a deep amber shade. That’s when you know it’s super concentrated and good to go.
This particular drink is a nod to the infamous Arnold Palmer. Which is traditionally equal parts black tea to lemon juice. However for this recipe I’m using a stronger tea base that’s actually mint infused. I’m a huge fan of Vitacost’s loose leaf teas – as I’ve mention before in my green tea refreshers recipe. They’re full of flavor and fun to transform into different cocktails or mocktails. The strawberry hibiscus green tea is another favorite of mine….