Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sun Brewed Tea

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The herbs have been exploding this year, which is a great problem to have.  There is nothing like fresh herbs from the garden.  I was debating what to do with some fresh spearmint, and decided that I would give sun brewed tea a try for the first time.
My mom has a glass container specifically meant for brewing tea, but you could use any glass container with a good cover.  I'm sure you can mix and match what you add, but this is what I used.
Fresh mint from the garden:
Mint flourishing in the garden
Just under 4 quarts of water, a quarter cup of honey, a splash of lemon juice and 6 black tea bags.  My preference would have been to use a freshly squeezed lemon with some of the lemon peel, but I didn't plan ahead and just used what I had on hand.  
Ready to brew, just water, honey, lemon juice, mint and 6 tea bags!
I stirred it all together to make sure that the honey was dissolved, and put it out in the sun.  As easy as that!
Placed in a nice sunny spot
It was just about 11:30 so the sun was at it's peak, and was already in the mid-80's.  So definitely a nice hot day.  After only a half hour in the sun you could already see streaks of the tea soaking through.
Already brewing after just 30 minutes!
I gave it a little stir once an hour, and let it sit in the sun for close to 4 hours.  You could probably do less, especially since it was such a hot day, but this worked out well.
4 hours later, it looks delicious!
I added some ice and poured myself a glass.  It was a sweet minty flavor, but overall is a very mild tea.  It's lovely and delicious.  I think it would be even better with a  fresh lemon wheel floating inside.  I would recommend giving it a try!
Hope you all are enjoying your summer so far!

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