Herbal sun tea is a type of tea that is made by infusing herbs in water using the heat of the sun. The process is quite simple and can be done with just a few ingredients and materials.
Herbal Sun Tea Ingredients:
2 tablespoons loose rooibos tea
2 tablespoons dried lemon verbena or dried mint*
2 quarts cold water
Honey or sugar, to taste
How to Make Herbal Sun Tea:
Place tea and lemon verbena or mint on a square of cheesecloth.
Tie into a bundle with kitchen twine.
Place the tea bag in a large glass jar, and add water.
Cover and steep in direct sunlight for 2 hours.
Strain tea, and discard solids.
Stir in honey or sugar.
Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Tips for Herbal Sun Tea
Once the herbal sun tea is done steeping, you should remove the herbs and store the tea in a covered container in the refrigerator. It is important to refrigerate the tea as soon as possible to prevent bacterial growth and spoilage.
It is best to consume the herbal sun tea within 2-3 days of making it to ensure that it is fresh and safe to drink. If you notice any off flavors or odors, or if the tea looks cloudy or discolored, it is best to discard it and make a fresh batch.
To prolong the shelf life of the herbal sun tea, you can also add a small amount of lemon juice or honey to the tea before storing it. This will help to preserve the tea and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.
*Some popular herbs to use for herbal sun tea include chamomile, mint, lavender, lemon balm, and rose hips.
Herbal sun tea is a refreshing and healthy alternative to sugary drinks, and it’s a great way to enjoy the flavors and benefits of fresh herbs.
Recipe provided by KRUPS
- 2 tablespoons loose rooibos tea
- 2 tablespoons dried lemon verbena or dried mint
- 2 quarts cold water
- Honey or sugar, to taste
- Place tea and lemon verbena or mint on a square of cheesecloth. Tie into a bundle with kitchen twin. Place tea bag in a large glass jar, and add water. Cover, and steep in direct sunlight for 2 hours. Strain tea, and discard solids. Stir in honey or sugar. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 3 days.