It is no surprise to learn the month of June is… National Iced Tea month! With temperatures rising and the sun staying out past bedtime, iced tea is the perfect drink to cool down. Here at Greenling we have our favorite bottled versions: an assortment of Texas Teas and Sweet Leaf Tea. But we also want to drink our favorite loose leaf teas from zhi tea. Easy Tea-sy! Try Sun Tea!
We advise using black teas for Sun Tea. If you want to make an iced tea with a herbal tea, please steep as you would with hot tea, cool to room temperature and then pour over ice.
1. Grab a large glass jar. Sterilize your jar by washing thoroughly with hot water and soap!
2. We recommend 1/2 to 1 cup of tea per gallon of water; or 2:1 ratio of ounces of water per grams of tea. If you like to avoid loose leaves in your tea, use a coffee filter to bundle your tea leaves and tie tightly with a rubber band.
3. Now’s the time to add in a little something extra! We love adding sliced lemons, oranges, and limes. If you want to add herbs (mint or rosemary might be nice?) make sure you wash them well, and then give a twist to release their oils.
4. Cap the jar loosely and place in the sun. Let steep for 3 to 5 hours. If you wish to add sweetener, add it after the tea has been steeped.
5. Remove tea leaves, herbs, and mint and pour over ice! Garnish with additional herb sprig or cut fruit. Enjoy!