Since it’s going to be chilly, rainy, and windy here for the next couple of days, I thought I’d post this photo and recipe of my refreshing Desert Sun Tea to remind myself that the sun will be back again soon!
Add 10 mint leaves and the rind of one lemon (you can use a paring knife to cut the rind off in big pieces – you don’t want to grate or “zest” it off) to a gallon of water in a glass container. Drop about 8 of your favorite type of tea bags into the water. I like Lipton black tea the best, but lemon and mint will go well with any type of tea. Then just let it all sit out in the sun to slowly brew over the course of at least three hours. The longer you can leave it in the sun, the better – I try to shoot for five hours.
Because the tea was slowly brewed in the sun instead of boiled, you should make a point to drink your tea within a day or two just to be safe. Bacteria or germs or whatever. But don’t worry, you won’t have any trouble with that. It’s delicious!