When I was a kid we called this sun tea because of the way we prepared it. We used to place about 4-6 tea bags in pickling jar, one that holds about 4 plus litres and let it sit in the sun all day. The slow steeping actually give you the best flavor because the tannins do not develop as strongly. After that we would add about 2 washed and sliced lemons , and sugar to taste.
Recently I was getting the craving for this tea, bottled ones seriously can not compare, especially because I hate how sweet and artificial they taste. So I came up with a city version of sun tea, hope you like it.
- 1 green tea tea bag (can be flavored green tea if you want but it’s needs to be green tea, regular orange pekoe is too strong tasting when steeped with boiling water and it needs a “tea” taste)
- 1 peppermint tea bag
- 4 cups of boiling water
- juice of 2 limes
- juice of 1 lemon
- maple syrup, honey or sugar to sweeten
- ice cubes and cool water
First boil water for tea, steep both tea bags in approximately 4 cups of boiling water until they come back to room temperature. Juice limes and lemon and add to a normal sized pitcher, add cooled tea mix, removing bags and top with cold water until pitcher is just about full. Stir in maple syrup (my fav), honey or sugar to desired sweetness. Chill well and serve with ice cubes and slices of citrus fruit or sprigs of mint.