Sun tea is what I refer to as my “dirty water detox.” Even when it’s garnished with fresh berries and lemon slices it still doesn’t look appealing. Looks can be so deceiving…
Growing up my mom turned the simple drink into a summer staple. When the sun was beating through the kitchen window she found no point in heating up the kettle to get her caffeine fix. She is such a practical woman. So when the temperatures began to rise last week I thought it would be a good idea to follow in Mom’s footsteps.
Using a recycled glass jar and the sheer force of Mother Nature’s rays I created my own delicious and nutritious sun tea to beat the summer heat. The process itself is ridiculously simple. What you need:
- One recycled glass jar with metal lid to help attract the sun. Mason jars always do the trick, but you can use a well washed pickle or salsa jar you’ve saved.
- 2-3 tea bags depending on you jar’s size. Black tea works well for sun tea, but I chose Tazo’s Green Tea.
- Purified water
- Optional: Fresh mint, berries or lemon for an extra kick
Fill the well-washed jar with filtered water, add your tea bags, tighten the lid and place it in the sun. Come back for your tea 4-6 hours later and refrigerate. When you’re ready to drink add a fresh squeeze of lemon juice and berries. Muddled berries would add a nice kick and a bit of honey is the perfect sweeter if you’re craving a bit more of a treat. Enjoy your own” dirty water” detox!
- Recycled glass jar with metal lid
- 2-3 tea bags
- Filtered Water
- Optional: Berries, Lemon, Fresh mint
- Fill the well-washed jar with water
- Add the tea bags
- Leave outside in the direct sun for 4-6 hours
- Refrigerate until cool
- Add fresh lemon juice and enjoy
- Muddling fresh berries would add a nice antioxidant kick to the drink