The warm August weather and sunshine is perfect for brewing tea. Once chilled it is the perfect summer thirst quencher. I enjoy the regular Lipton black tea but like to put different spins on it for fun. Here are a few suggestions I have for giving your sun tea a twist.
1. Celestial Seasonings has a green tea blended with white tea in a 40 small bag box. I can make two batches of strong sun tea with it. It is packed with antioxidants and has less caffeine. Black tea has the most caffiene, green is in the middle and white has the least. This particular blend is yummy because the gentler white tea smooths out the green for a nice flavor. This can be a little pricey so for us it is a special treat now and then.
2. For a similar but more economic sun tea experience, you can brew a regular batch of black tea but replace some of the bags with a couple of green and white, or the Celestial Seasonings blend. This is very tasty too.
3. Another variation is to pick out a couple of my favorite teas and add some of those bags to a batch of Lipton or other brand of black tea. It can be for flavor or for medicinal purposes. For example, if your family has a cold or flu bug or you simply feel off kilter you can add something like Organic India’s Tulsi Tea – Lemon Ginger and add some fresh squeezed lemon juice. Sometimes hot tea is unpleasant to drink in the summer so this chilled blend is a really nice alternative when you’re not feeling well. Tulsi is an ayurvedic herb, also known as holy basil. It is used widely in holistic healing practices. Most markets have a wide variety of therapuetic teas you can choose from to suit your needs or taste.
4. Of course, I suggest that you use organic products as often as possible and if you are interested in any of the products I have mentioned but do not have them at your local grocer, just ask them to carry it. Most markets are happy to do what they can in that regard. Or you can sometimes order it online.
5. If you like to drink your sun tea sweet, like me, there a couple of good options for sugar replacements. Agave syrup or yacon syrup are natural sweeteners. They have calories but are low glycemic. If you want to avoid the calories, I recommend stevia. There are many brands out there but I prefer NuStevia – White Stevia Powder. You can also grow it yourself and use the fresh herb! It can have a little bit a bitter flavor so don’t use too much. It only takes a little bit and I find that I do not notice a bitter flavor at all with the tea. Do not use the artificial stuff like, Splenda, Sweet and Low or Nutri-Sweet…so bad for you that you would be better off using refined white sugar! If you are totally stuck on sugar and cannot budge on that just yet, use raw.
6. If you can, I recommend you use purified or distilled water but understand this is not always an option in such large amounts. I do what I can, which sometimes means I use tap water or the stuff from my frig dispenser.
If you are having a party or get together, this is a great way to offer something different as an alternative option some of your other beverages and puts a gourmet twist on a simple party favorite.
Sun tea is packed with antioxidents just like fruits and vegetables. I like the energy of the mild caffiene content and gentle sun brewing. It is a nice way to treat yourself and know you are doing a good thing for your body!
Love, light and sunny energy to you,