Fresh, Herbal Sun & Sweet Teas

Sun tea today is a far cry from the sun teas made popular by Lipton years ago. Using fresh herbs and fruits, you can create fabulous ice teas that will quench your thirst during the hottest days of summer. All you need is a large glass jar with a tight cover, fresh water and the herbs and fruit of your choice.

It takes 1 to 1-1/2 cups of fresh herbs per gallon of water. Clean the herbs and water container carefully. Place the herbs at the bottom and fill the container with water. Screw the lid on and give it a few shakes. Set the container in a sunny place for several hours.  The longer the brew, the stronger the flavor.

At the end of the day, the tea should be warm and have a rich, clear color. Shake some more and pour through a strainer to remove the herbs. While still warm, add honey or sugar to taste and stir well. This is an ideal time to add a little bit of lemon peel if you like that flavor.  Refrigerate immediately!

Herbal Tea Flavor Combinations:

Cruising the web, you’ll find many recipes to experiment with. Here are some combinations that could work well!

  • chamomile and raspberry
  • chamomile, honey and mint
  • peppermint, rosemary leaves with a hint of honey!
  • peppermint and pineapple sage
  • lavender, sage and rosemary
  • licorice root and flax seed

You can also use your favorite herbal teas such as Stash Peppermint Herbal Tea or Harney & Son’s Pumpkin Spice Rooibos Tea! These are some of our favorites!