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Spearmint Sun Tea
Makes 1 pitcher (about 2 quarts)
4 sprigs fresh spearmint, plus a few for garnish
2 tablespoons loose green tea
large tea infuser*
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 lemon sliced for garnish
Fill 1 pitcher full of water. The pitcher should hold about 2 quarts.
Put the spearmint and green tea into the tea bag. Drop the tea bag into the pitcher of water.
Place the pitcher outside in the sun. The heat of the sun is what brews the tea.
Make sure to throw a towel over the top. That will keep all the bugs and dust away.
Let the pitcher sit in the sun for about 8 hours. After you are finished brewing the tea, remove the tea bag.
Add the lemon juice and serve with a slice of lemon and sprig of mint.
*If you don’t have a large cloth tea bag you can make one yourself with cheesecloth and unflavored floss. You need a few pieces of about 10×10” cheesecloth. I use a few layers because I don’t want any of the tea to come out into the water. Place the tea and spearmint into the center of the cheesecloth. Gather the sides and the tie it very tightly with floss.
My mom used to make huge batches of sun tea almost every day during the summertime. It’s a very refreshing, especially with mint. If you have mint growing in your garden you know that it grows like a weed. It’s a great way to use up the mint without letting it go to waste.
My mom had many more mouths to feed than myself. I have 3 siblings and we each came with a boatload of friends that hung out during the summer. She used a drink dispenser which could keep at least a dozen thirsty kids from getting dehydrated. Here are a few of my favorites below.