When I was a kid, my mom used to make sun tea on the back deck in the summer time. She had this very 90s plastic jug she used with a green lid and little drawings of fruit on the sides. Every time I make sun tea myself, I think of waiting impatiently by the window, watching the jug as it sat out on the edge of the deck in the full sun, water slowwwwly becoming tea.
Sun tea isn’t a one-and-done recipe, after all. It takes patience and calm.
There is no more perfect recipe to make for the summer solstice than sun tea. Not only does the tea become charged with the vibrant, warm energy of the sun, but the process requires us to take a step back, relax and meditate on the qualities of the sun. And once the tea has finally finished steeping, we’re rewarded for our patience with a delicious treat.
I’ve devised a special solstice tea blend recipe just for the occasion so gather your supplies and settle in for a peaceful afternoon.
Ingredients and Supplies Needed
- Dried sunflower petals
- Dried whole calendula blossoms
- Dried whole rosebuds
- Dried grapefruit peels
- Quart mason jar or other container with lid
- Empty tea filters
- Combine the ingredients in a bowl and gently stir so they are evenly distributed. The amounts of each ingredient will depend on the size of your container and personal preference.
- Scoop the ingredients into tea filters. Search for filters online; they are easy to find in bulk and a great handy thing to have around. Do not tie off the tea filters.
- Fill the bottom two or three inches of your container with hot or boiling water.
- Place at least two filled tea filters in the container, holding the ends over the edge, and fill the rest of the way with cold water.
- Replace the lid on the container, keeping the edges of the tea filters outside.
- Place the container in the hot sun. Leave it to rest for at least an hour.
- Drink hot or add ice to chill. You may want to sweeten the tea with local honey.
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