This weekend, treat yourself to a refreshing glass of iced tea made the old-fashioned way: from the heat of the sun! Our modern version of a retro favorite makes it easy to brew a refreshing pitcher of your favorite tea, from traditional black or green tea to light, delicate infusions of fresh fruit and herbs. We talked to the team behind the product for tips and ideas — read on and start brewing!
Sun tea was born out of practicality: when it’s hot outside, you don’t want to heat up your kitchen by boiling water. Instead, you can put water and tea into a clean glass container and wait a couple of hours as it steeps. It’s that easy!
Though the heat of the sun is the traditional method, you can also use a microwave or the refrigerator to brew tea in our Sun Tea Maker. The microwave is fast, but it uses energy; the refrigerator takes advantage of energy you’re already using, but it takes a lot longer to make tea. With the sun, you use no electricity, and the tea steeps in 2 to 3 hours. Here’s how each method works:
Microwave: Add fresh water to the tea maker, then add your favorite tea (one bag per cup of water). Place silicone lid loosely on the tea maker, and microwave the mixture to a boil. Sweeten to taste and add ice.
Refrigerator: Add fresh water to the tea maker, plus your favorite tea (one bag per cup of water). Place the silicone lid firmly on the tea maker, then refrigerate to brew to desired strength, about 5 hours. Sweeten to taste and add ice.
Sun: Add fresh water to the tea maker, plus your favorite tea (one bag per cup of water). Place the silicone lid firmly on the tea maker, then place the tea maker in the sunshine and brew to desired strength (2 to 3 hours). Sweeten to taste and add ice.
Add new ingredients to your brewed tea for a fresh take on the classic:
- Arnold Palmer: Add 1 part lemonade to 1 part tea, plus fresh mint leaves.
- Ginger & Honey: Combine grated ginger and local honey with tea for a refreshing drink.
- Fresh Peach: Add peeled and pitted peaches to your favorite tea as it brews
What’s your favorite kind of iced tea? Tell us in the comments!