Have you ever heard of Sun Tea? Well, even I didn’t know about it until a few months ago. It is the quintessence of a mild-flavored sweet tea that is brewed naturally by the Sun. Now, how to make Sun Tea?
1. What is Sun Tea?
Instead of hot boiled water in a pot and forcefully extracting the flavor from the tea leaves, Sun does all the work in this recipe. It sounds pretty natural, right?
Today, we present you with how to make homemade sun tea with very few ingredients. It is a versatile and cool drink, ideally suitable for enjoying a hot summer day.
As we move forward with the homemade sun tea recipe, you will learn about the extraordinary health benefits of his easily made sun-brewed tea.
However, as much as it is tempting to have a sip of sun tea, this summer beverage is also a great controversial topic. There are many reasons to debate that sun tea is unsafe to drink.
Why and how is it exactly unsafe? Well, we will get to that point soon after but let me assure you that Sun Tea is unsafe if you do not follow some specific measures and careful acts while making brewing sun tea.
So, it is crucial to follow some particular measures and be aware of them to make sun tea safe to drink if you want to taste this exquisite beverage.
It is known as the easiest drink to prepare so anyone can welcome to experience the magic of the sun tea. So, without further ado, hop on the ingredients list!
2. Ingredients to Prepare Sun Tea!
You can use any version of the following ingredients; feel free to do so since it is your own way of styling the sun tea recipe. But if there are exceptions, they will be mentioned.
- Tea bags for any tea you like ( preferably black tea/ herbal tea/ hibiscus tea bag )
- Filtered Water
- Slices of Lemon
- Slices of Orange Fruit
- A few amount of Blueberries
- Fresh Mint or Peppermint Leaves
- Basal Leaves
- Simple Syrup ( 1/2 water + 1/2 powdered sugar mix )
- Ice cubes
- A Large Gallon Glass Container
- A Glass Jar
Now that we are all ready with our required ingredients let us start making sun tea, the sweet tea!
3. The Process of Making Sun Tea
These are the step-by-step preparation method for the homemade recipe of Sun Tea. It is recommended to follow the guide in sequence, and please do not miss a step since every detail is important when it comes to the brew of Sun Tea.
- Take your clean gallon glass container and pour water to fill the glass completely. It is also preferable if you use a glass pitcher instead of a gallon container.
- Put your preferred tea flavor in about 10-12 tea bags. I know it is a lot of tea bags, but it will really enhance the smell and flavor of what sun tea looks and tastes like.
- Make sure to squeeze the tea bags into the glass jar of water, and tea bags must totally immerse in the liquid. Keep them dipped, and then fill the water with the upcoming fruits.
- Add 3 lemon slices and 2 orange slices, and a medium amount of blueberries. They will make the liquid taste fruity and delicious, ideal comfort on a sunny summer.
- Finally, add the mint or peppermint leaves with basal into the drink to keep it fresh and sharp in scent and taste.
- Once the ingredients are put in the drink, it is time to cover and close the lid tightly.
Now, take your gallon glass jar and put it in a good sunbathed place, whether on your porch or your balcony; make sure that the sun rays can reach your jar container easily and directly.
3.1 During The Waiting Time:
Let the natural sun rays of the sun heat up the mixture of tea gradually and efficiently, as the tea releases the enriching flavor from the leaves of its own. The summer sun has the best heat to prepare your sun tea since only on super sunny days can you experience the potential of solar energy.
Here, in this sun tea recipe process, you don’t have to use any boiling hot water. Instead, you can take normal water or cold water of natural water temperature, anyway. Please ensure clean water, as we are not using boiling water, which hinders bacteria growth.
This recipe calls for at least 2 hours of patience but the ideal time to wait for this brewing sun tea is about 3-4 hours, but not more than that.
Patience and time can also refer as the core ingredients that tea lovers need to make sun tea. The temperature of the outside and the time you wait impact the kind of fruity-flavored sun tea you’ll be getting lucky with.
After you let your sun tea container sit in the sun rays for a sufficient amount of time, you will see a beautiful colorization of the brew, which appealing. If it is a Hibiscus brew, it is more likely to have a soothing strawberry pink hue, which I personally adore.
Otherwise, if it is a green tea or any herbal tea, it is more likely to attain a golden brown color which is such a regal hue, just simply aesthetic.
3.2 Back to the Process of Making Sun Tea:
- Once you have achieved a proper colorization of the brewing sun tea after 3-4 hours of patience, it is time to take your tea container and let it refrigerate immediately. Make sure to cover your tea this time as well.
- The brewing tea has to cool down to turn it into a cold brew or an iced tea. Not only is it for making the sun tea cold, but it is also needed to kill bacteria and other microorganisms in the refrigerator. Keep it in the refrigerator for about 1-2 hours.
- Once the required time has passed, take out the beverage as the better version of an iced tea, cold and chilly. Open the lid of the container and keep it ready aside.
- Take a glass container to taste your sun tea finally. Strain off the liquid tea from the jar into a clean pitcher. Now, put a few ice cubes into your drinking glass and pour your brewed sun tea liquor. Now, it is ready to garnish.
- For the garnish part, you need to sweeten sun tea as per your preferences. You can add sugar immediately or use honey, simple syrup, or any other liquid sweetener, anything you like as a sweet flavor.
The final flavor would taste mild, fruity, and refreshing because of the presence of the lemon and mint. Instead of using simple raw sugar, it is recommended to use liquid sweeteners, like honey or anything else.
You can stir the iced sun tea to blend the sweetness and enjoy a splendid sunny beverage of the summer! So, this was the easy homemade recipe for the spiritual sun tea liquor. Give it a try and teach others how to make sun tea! I am sure it will make it to the list of your favorite drinks.
4. 4 Best Flavours for Sun Tea!
Generally, every tea flavor would be great in its own way for the Sun Tea recipe, but there are always a few individual tea bags that work the best for this enchanting liquor.
4.1 Black Tea
Black Tea is a strong flavor compared to the subtle and sweet sun tea stereotype. But it is also considered the tea that kills bacteria and prevents bacteria growth due to caffeine. It helps us worry less about disinfecting the tea before drinking since black tea has done half the work. Despite its sharp taste, it is also traditional to use black tea for sun tea recipes. That is why it is recommended to use sweeteners with this preparation.
4.2 Hibiscus Tea
It is recommended to use Rooibos Tea bags for Hibiscus Teabags since they are more commonly used. Once prepared, it will give off a strawberry tart pinkish hue, has a toffee scent, and is soothingly sweet on the throat. It is considered an ayurvedic remedy with plenty of health benefits. This tea is also a great blend for sun tea recipes.
4.3 Green Tea
Green Tea has a lot of health benefits and works as an efficient antioxidant. Along with the help of the sun, it also accelerates rich nutrition. This tea is also enriched in herbs and other plant nutrients. It has a lovely flavor and brews a golden color.
4.4 Peppermint Tea
Peppermint or mint Tea leaves a refreshing freshness in your mouth once you take a sip. It has a sharp scent and even serves as a digestive medicine since it is filled with herbs and soothes your stomach. It also relaxes your muscles, reduces your body’s pain, and has many more benefits. It generally has a clear or slight off-white colorization.
5. Precautions To Be Taken for Sun Tea Recipe
- Please make sure that your glass jar container is well-washed. Clean it before using it properly. The dirt inside the container can make the overall tea darker in color. That dark hue undoubtedly signifies that your tea is contaminated and unsuitable for drinking.
- Do not keep your Sun Tea out in the sun for brewing for more than 3-4 hours. Since the first waiting period is for the brewing stage, but if you keep the brew longer, the desired strength for your tea will drop.
- As it is not required to use boiling water, make sure to use only filtered water; otherwise, in water, there may be bacteria present. Clean water is required for a clean sip of the sun tea.
- Sun tea is popular mostly in the coastal regions or southern regions due to its hot summer weather. So, it is always recommended to make sun tea whenever the hot sun is shining at its full potential.
- It is also good to take extra caution and sanitize the tea bags before using them for sun tea preparation.
6. Benefits of Having Sun Tea!
- Sun Tea is considered a naturally spiritual tea since it is made by nature itself and the sun. It helps you calm down your soul after a hectic summer day and is a refreshing cocktail.
- Other nutrition facts about sun tea are that it is rich in Vitamins like Vitamin E and reduces high blood pressure or hypertension syndrome.
- It is a simple tea that even cuts down the rate of heart attacks as well as the risk of cancer cell growth in your body.
- Sun Tea also helps heal diabetes, and peppermint tea heals digestive problems exclusively. They also help in the treatment of constipation and also heal stomach problems overall.
- Most importantly, the Sun Tea is a gift of the Sun, so it contains high vibration. If you have it with proper measures, it will reward you with a hefty amount of health benefits.
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This is how to make Sun Tea! It has marked its significance in the spiritual drink world, so it has quite an amount of popularity. Sun Tea is an ideal afternoon beverage for people who are into meditation and have a strong belief in living lives in the most natural way.
Now that you are well-armed with the knowledge and the practical skills to attain this tea’s magic, Go ahead and make your own special Sun Tea!