Every batch of sun tea tastes different, so you'll never get bored. I fill the sun jar with water and add 6-decaffeinated, green tea bags and about 10 sprigs of mint from my garden. I have loads of mint in my garden, so I make a lot of iced mint tea. I put it in the sun around 9:30am and leave it there until about 4:30pm. I pour the tea into another pitcher, squeeze out the tea bags and mint, add more water to get to the gallon line and add about 1 tablespoon of sugar to sweeten slightly to our taste. We go through so much tea in the summer, that I don't keep the tea in the sun tea jar, because I usually have to start brewing another jar in a day or two.
I also make flavored iced tea with 6-decaf, green tea bags and 2 flavored tea bags. We like raspberry or peach. Or, I will replace the mint with other herbs like pineapple sage and lemon verbena. Although, the mint seems to brew with the most flavor.
The key to making great tasting tea is to experiment until you find the combination that you enjoy. You can use more or less tea bags, use different herbs for flavoring and alter the sugar to your taste.
How does it add up? As stated above, a store bought gallon of iced tea can cost about $2.00. I can buy a box of 40 green tea bags for $3.50 and make almost 7 gallons of iced tea, saving about $10. I'll save even more when I use the FREE mint from my garden instead of the flavored tea bags; the flavored tea bags usually cost about $2.00 for 20 bags.
Do you make your own tea? What is your favorite recipe?
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