Vintage Delights: Sun Tea

The first time I had Sun Tea was on a summer vacation at a cabin in the middle of nowhere. My Mama hauled out this old jar that was positively enormous and she filled it with water and a few tea bags. Then she set it in the sun and let Mother Nature do her thing. The result was tea steeped in the sun that quenched our thirst during those hot, lazy days. While cleaning out a cabinet this summer, I found an old jar and decided it was time to introduce Collin Murray to Sun Tea. Naturally he was delighted.

Now I’m a classic kind of girl and tend to enjoy regular old Orange Pekoe Sun Tea. However, since this is not a dictatorship, you my friends, are allowed to pick what type of tea you steep in the sun’s rays — be creative and happy sipping!

Sun Tea

Makes as much as you want

1 large glass jar

Filtered water

2 tea bags per litre, your choice of flavor

Place the Sun Tea jar in the dishwasher to clean and sterilize it. Once cool, pour filtered water into the jar, add the tea bags and set in the sun until desired flavor is achieved, generally at least a couple hours. Refrigerate till cool. Serve over ice, sweetening with Simple Syrup and lemon if desired. Try to drink the same day as steeped for optimal flavor. Enjoy!

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