A Recipe for Summer: Sun Tea

Sun Tea!  My favorite drink.  It is sunny skies, warm weather and the sounds of summer wrapped up and packaged in a glass jar.  A few years ago I perfected my family’s favorite version of sun-tea and I thought I’d share it with you.

6 tea-bags.  (I use Lipton Tea, found in an economy box of 100.)
2 quarts of cold water
1 two-quart glass jar.  Nothing expensive required!

Using your glass jar combine the ingredients and let it sit in a nice sunny-warm spot for two or three hours.  My deck table is ideal.  The longer you let it sit, the stronger your tea will be.  So you can play with the time to see what your own preference is.

Bring your sun-tea in after the allotted time and pour it into a 4-quart (or 1 gallon) pitcher.  Add two more quarts of water and enough lemonade powder to make 2 quarts of lemonade. 

As a side note, for many summers I used Country Time lemonade-powder.  This past summer I was diagnosed with gestational-diabetes while pregnant with Baby Boy *L*.  Drinking any amount of my sun-tea sent my sugar sky-rocketing.  So I switched to Crystal Light lemonade-powder.  What a difference!  Even after being cleared of diabetes I still prefer their less sugary-lemonade for my own health and my boys own sugar intake.

Stir the lemonade and tea together.  Pour into a glass with some ice and WA-LA.  Summer in a cup.


By the way, making drinks like this is so much less expensive and more earth-friendly than buying cans of soda, juice boxes, or any individually packaged drink. As you are taking a look at your own budget think about the small ways you can save. They add up! We fill up our sports bottles on ‘soccer and baseball game days’, keep plenty of cups so that I can serve the neighbors when they are over, and just generally fill our cups up when we need a drink. There are so many reasons to make a pitcher of YOUR favorite drink this summer!byUnknownonSunday, April 10, 2011Military Life:,,,

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