- Put tea bags of your choice and a corresponding number of teaspoons of sweetener into the jug.
- Pour in cups of water according to the number of servings you’re making.
- Screw on the cap.
- Shake well.
- Place the jug in a sunny spot.
- Wait a few hours, then shake some more. The color should be like a normal cup of tea: dark with black tea, lighter with green.
- Optional: Put the jug in the fridge to chill before drinking.
- Shake once more before drinking.
- Pour into a glass.
- Add ice to taste.
- Pour some prepared Sun Tea into an ice cube tray, and when the cubes are ready, use them to chill the tea in your glass.
- Use a larger jug than you need. The extra space allows room for shaking up the mixture to get a more even distribution of ingredients.
- It tastes best within three days of preparation.
- Sun tea steeps at an ideal temperature for bacterial growth. If you see ropy-looking strands in your tea, or any other unusual-looking particles, chances are your tea has become a bacterial hotbed. Throw the tea out and clean your container thoroughly before your next attempt.
Things You’ll Need
- A large bottle or jar with a cap to hold your tea.
- Bags of your choice of tea (black/green tea works best). The number depends on how many servings you want to make. Generally think one bag per serving.
- Teaspoons to taste of your choice of sweetener (natural, raw, non-cane sugar works and tastes best). Generally, one teaspoon per bag of tea is enough.
- One cup of plain water per serving of tea.
- A glass for drinking.
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