The sun is so bright these days and I’ve been inspired to make sun tea. Growing up in the South tea is in my blood. It was a huge part of my life and continues to be. I don’t put loads of sugar in it anymore but on these warm afternoons few things bring me more pleasure than kicking back with a cool glass of tea and just watching the world go by.
Sun tea could not be easier to make and this one features one of my favorite medicinal herbs, chamomile. I just wrote in detail about the benefits of chamomile for a new feature on the blog. To learn more hop on over here and check it out! I love how sweet this tea is and how clam it makes me feel. You can drink it cool or warm it up if you want to have a cup before bedtime.
I bought chamomile flowers from the farmers last weekend and couldn’t wait to make this tea. All you need are the flowers, water, a big jar, and an area that gets at least 4 hours of direct sunlight. I like to brew my tea anywhere from 4-6 hours depending on the herbs I am using.
There is much controversy about bacteria growing in jars when making sun tea. I’ve been making tea this way for almost 20 years and it’s never been a problem. I don’t recommend making sun tea with tap water though, that is where many of these bacteria/sun tea stories come from. Use filtered water and if you are concerned just boil the water and steep the fresh flowers in the water. Drain after brewing 10-15 minutes.
I added a bit of mint to my tea for an additional layer of flavor. It’s not necessary. I also brewed with with the stems to make things easier. Be sure to wash whatever herbs you are using well and also be sure that your sun tea jar is very clean.
Chamomile Sun Tea
- 1 bunch fresh chamomile
- Handful of fresh mint (optional)
- Water to fill your sun tea vessel (enough to cover the flowers)
- Rinse chamomile well. Cut stems down enough so that the bunch fits into your container.
- Add the mint if using.
- Fill to the top with water making sure that the flowers are covered.
- Put the lid on the jar.
- Place in the sun to brew for 4-6 hours.
- Afterwards strain the tea.
- Serve warm or cool.
- Store leftover tea in an air tight container in the fridge for 5 days.
There you go! I can’t wait to hear what tea recipes you are coming up with this spring and summer. Have a wonderful weekend.