This past weekend I was listening to the weather report. The estimated temperature was a balmy 96 degrees. If that wasn’t hot enough the weatherman added one last note, “It’s going to feel like 105 degrees” and then proceeded with the beach report. I don’t want to get dramatic or anything but even when we lived on Fort Bliss in Texas and it was actually 105 it still wasn’t as hot as Florida is in the summertime.
As soon as I heard the report, I got out my vintage Pyrex tea pitcher and decided to make sweet peppermint sun tea. Although I’ve never actually made my own sun tea, I’ve always wanted to learn. My mom makes tea on the stove. My Aunt Gale’s tea is epic. She makes THE best sweet tea ever. It’s so good we ask for it every time we get together.
Some of my favorite childhood memories involve sitting on the porch with a glass of sweet tea laughing with my aunts and cousins. Since my Aunt Gale is already the family’s “tea master” I’m not crazy enough to mess with her recipe. I did however want to make something that could be just as southern.
This is my recipe for Sweet Peppermint Sun Tea:
Fill a clean glass pitcher with 2 quarts of filtered water. Make sure the pitcher has a lid.
After removing the paper tags add 4-6 peppermint tea bags (depending on how strong you like your tea) to the pitcher.
Place the lid on the tea pitcher
and set out in the sun for 4 hours so the tea bags can steep.
While the tea is steeping make a simple syrup (1 cup water, ¾ cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons of peppermint syrup boiled until clear). Bring steeped tea inside, remove tea bags, pour the simple syrup mixture into the pitcher and stir.
Fill a glass with ice, add a fresh sprig of peppermint, find a rocking chair or a hammock and enjoy!
Refrigerate immediately. Sun tea will probably keep for 1-2 days. Make sure to take proper cleaning procedures and throw out the tea if it ends up looking extra thick or is syrupy. It should be noted sun tea does not keep as long as boiled tea.