- Place loose tea into a tea ball or 100-percent cotton cheesecloth, tying with a string. (Do not use decaffeinated, green, or herbal teas.) Put into a 2-quart clear glass container. Add cold water. Cover and let stand in sunlight or at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours. (Keep the container away from combustible materials. Sunlight coming through glass and liquid can concentrate a beam of light that may start a fire.)
- Remove tea ball or bags. Serve over ice or refrigerate immediately. If desired, serve with sugar and lemon. Store in the refrigerator and use within 24 hours.
From the Test Kitchen
Add 3/4 to 1 teaspoon snipped fresh mint to the loose tea or 4 to 6 crushed large mint leaves with the tea bags. Brew as directed. Remove mint before serving. If desired, garnish with fresh mint.
Add a 2- to 3-inch piece of fresh ginger, thinly sliced, with the loose tea or tea bags. Brew tea as directed. Strain before serving. If desired, garnish each serving with a ginger-flavored candy stick.
Very Berry Tea:
Brew tea as directed. In a covered blender container blend 1 to 1-1/2-cups fresh or frozen strawberries or raspberries until smooth. If desired, strain raspberry puree to remove seeds. Stir berry mixture into brewed tea. If desired, garnish with fresh berries.
Nutrition Facts (Sun Teas)
- Per serving:
- 2 kcal ,
- 5 mg sodium ,
- 1 g carb.