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Sun Tea Recipe

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You know about cold brew, but have you heard of sun tea? Sun tea is made by brewing tea with, yep, you guessed it, the power of the sun. Here at Cameron’s we are big fans of the sun, and the uses for its power are truly endless. Let’s harvest some happiness with this simple sun tea recipe. Explore some of our bulk teas before you start! It can be done with several bags of any flavor of tea, all you need is a sunny day and your favorite blend to get started.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Loose-leaf tea (about 1-2 tablespoons per quart of water)
  • Fresh, cold water
  • A large glass jar with a lid (preferably clear)
  • A fine mesh strainer or tea infuser
  • Optional: sweetener (sugar, honey, etc.), fresh herbs, lemon slices, or other flavorings
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  1. Select Your Tea
    Choose the type of loose-leaf tea you want to use. Black tea, green tea, white tea, herbal tea, or a blend can all work well.
  2. Prepare the Jar
    Clean your glass jar thoroughly to ensure it’s free of any residue or odors.
  3. Measure the Tea
    Use about 1-2 tablespoons of loose leaf tea for every quart (4 cups) of water. Adjust the amount based on your taste preference and the strength of the tea.
  4. Add the Water
    Fill the jar with fresh, cold water. Leave a little space at the top to allow for expansion.
  5. Add the Tea
    If using a tea infuser, place the loose leaf tea in the infuser and submerge it in the water. If not using an infuser, add the loose leaf tea directly to the water.
  6. Cover the Jar
    Secure the lid on the jar to keep out debris and insects.
  7. Place in the Sun
    Set the jar in direct sunlight. A good spot is one that receives plenty of sunlight for several hours. Allow the tea to steep in the sun for 3-5 hours. The duration depends on the strength you prefer and the intensity of the sunlight.
  8. Check the Color and Taste
    After a few hours, check the color and taste of the tea. It should be richly colored and have a strong flavor. If it’s not strong enough, leave it in the sun for a bit longer.
  9. Strain the Tea
    If you didn’t use an infuser, strain the loose leaf tea using a fine mesh strainer to remove the tea leaves.
  10. Sweeten and Flavor (Optional)
    Add sweetener, lemon slices, fresh herbs, or any other desired flavorings.
  11. Chill and Serve
    Refrigerate the tea to chill it thoroughly before serving. Serve over ice.

Enjoy your refreshing sun tea! Bright days are brewing!

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