Mint Sun Tea

Recently I was enjoying lunch on the rooftop deck of my friend Carrie Anne. She had made a pitcher of mint sun tea and over the course of our lovely lunch, I drank it all. So where, you might wonder, is the rest of the tea pictured to the right? I drank that, too, before I could even capture a decent photo. No self-restraint, I tell you.

  • 2 bags traditional black tea
  • 1 large bunch fresh mint, washed
  • Lemon slices, for garnish
  • Simple syrup (optional)
  • Fill a large pitcher with cold filtered water. Place the tea bags and fresh mint in the water. Cover the pitcher, then set it outside in a sunny spot for the better part of the day. I let mine steep for about 8 hours in the blazing sun.
  • Remove the tea bags and allow the tea to chill in the refrigerator. Serve with lemon slices and if you care to sweeten your tea, simple syrup (equal parts sugar and boiling water, combined and cooled).
  • Quick Tips
  • 1. No fresh mint on hand? No prob. I also made a version of this tea using 1 black tea bag and 2 mint tea bags. This is how Carrie Anne made hers and it was divine!
  • 2. It may be tempting to add the lemon slices before you set the tea in the sun, but the rind can make it become bitter.

Preparation time: 5 minutes, plus brewing time

Number of servings (yield): 6


5 responses to “Mint Sun Tea”

  1. I remember making this when I lived with my parents in Seattle: they have a huge deck. Alas now I don’t have any outdoor space, so make hot black tea, add fresh mint to it and then pour the whole thing over ice cubes and add a few lemon slices.

    • Alicia says:

      Thanks for this alternate method, Olga! Your version is also suited to those that need a cooling immediately.

  2. Lisa says:

    It’s time for lemon mint tea! Thanks for this recipe; the one I have used for years uses 1/2 can of frozen lemonade (which also helps cool it slightly), but this looks like a great way to use no sugar.

    • Alicia says:

      Lisa, you know I love your lemon mint tea! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Your version is closer to my favorite (daytime-appropriate) summer drink of all time – the Arnold Palmer. Mmmm. Stay cool!

  3. Broadsheet says:

    Awww – my Mom made a gallon jug of this every single day of the summer when we were kids. I think I’ll make some for Friday evening. Invited the neighbors over for a Middle Eastern cookout and I have some Moroccan mint tea I can use.

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