It’s a form of brewing tea bags with water in direct sunlight. I find it’s a hit or miss that some people know about it and originally I thought it was an eastern way, but now I’m noticing people around North America know about it.
After making my own “iced tea” for so long I find that the powdered concoctions are waaaaaaaay to sweet for my tastebuds. This has just enough sweet and tart with a dash of refreshing mint to make this an addicting drink during the hot summer days. Some days I have to brew a new batch everyday because it goes so fast.
I should have posted this earlier, but it’s one of those simple things I assumed everyone knew about.
I’m lucky to have access to a nice big jar container that holds four litres of water, essentially two drink containers.( If you don’t have a container that makes that much cut down the sugar/lemon juice.) All that you need to do is take 6 black or green tea bags, place in the water, cover, set in the sun for a couple of hours, pour sugar and lemon juice in and mix, cool and pour. A much healthier alternative then the powdered mix and one that you control what goes in.
- 6 tea bags, black or green
- 4l water
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¾ cup lemon juice
- 1 whole lemon
- 2 springs of mint
- Place tea bags in clear container (I have a 4l jug/jar), fill with water. Cover.
- Place outside in the sun until the water turns a nice caramel dark brown colour. Don’t forget to take the tea bags out first! Bring inside and pour the sugar and lemon juice into the container and stir.
- Slice the lemons and place them and the mint into the container.
- Pour into drink containers that have a pour spout and place in the fridge to cool. Serve!