This is the easiest recipe for sun green tea! I set it to steep this morning and this evening I had a refreshing glass over ice with some fresh mint, perfect for a hot summer day. If you’ve never made Sun Tea, it’s a cold water method of brewing tea in sunlight, the tea you end up with isn’t as strong as traditional hot tea but it has a gentle natural flavor all it’s own that I think is suitable for cold tea on a hot day.
I’ve found that most asian restaurants offer iced green tea and I’ve become a fan, so I thought why not make some sun tea? Here in Arizona if there is one thing we have plenty of it’s sun! You can use tap or filtered water, I prefer mine filtered so the flavor of the water doesn’t add to the flavor of the tea but it’s really up to you, and any container will do from a pitcher made for tea like the one I’m using to a glass jar, whatever you have handy.
We start with 3 green tea bags, they don’t have to be any special brand or type, just regular green tea bags will do.
Fill up your preferred container with water almost to the top and secure the tea bags at the top. I use the lid to hold onto the strings and as you can see, have them outside of the jar just like a big glass of tea! Then set it in a sunny spot and let the magic happen. You can let it sit anywhere from 5-10 hours, depending on how strong you like your tea. Then remove and throw the tea bags away and pour yourself a glass! I like to add a little sugar or Agave syrup to mine and pour it over ice. Refrigerate and enjoy for days to come. I also like to add fresh mint leaves or a slice of lemon.
Easy Green Sun Tea
- 3 regular green tea bags
- 8-10 cups filtered or tap water your preference
- ice cubes
- Fresh mint sweetener of your choice or whatever you like with your tea, optional
Fill your container most of the way with your choice of cold/room temperature water
Add tea bags and secure or hang tags outside of the container to steep
Place in the sunlight for 5-10 hours until the tea is your desired strength
Remove the tea bags and throw them away, add ice and whatever optional sweetners/flavorings you'd like
Place remaining tea in the refrigerator and enjoy another day!
Use the tea within a few days, it’s not meant to hold up for much longer than that but if you’re like me that won’t be a problem! You’ll want to thoroughly clean your pitcher after each use and allow to dry if you plan to store it in between uses as well. Enjoy!