Wednesday, July 9, 2008

~~ Sun Tea Time ~~

Oh my goodness it's hot! Yesterday it was 107 and today 109 is predicted. Now that is hot, hot, hot......mighty toasty. Tracie @ My Petite Maison enjoys a refreshing Perrier with lime, to keep cool, doesn't that sounds delish, but for me my go to beverage is Sun Tea. I love it and it is easy to make and energy friendly. Have you made it before? Here is how I do my tea. Today I'm using trusty Lipton tea, but flavored teas are nice too. Fill a large jar or pitcher with cold water. Add 5 or 6 tea bags depending on the container size.....this is a 2qt. mason jar and I used 5 tea bags. Cover jar opening.
Set the container in the sun and let the sun go to work.
I just keep as eye on my container and when I think the tea looks strong enough, I call it done.
Most of the time I'll make a huge pitcher of tea, adding water and ice but today I just ....
filled glasses with ice and added the tea...oh, so good. If you like add sugar and a slice of lemon. I'll be making more tea tomorrow, if you are out my way stop by, cool off and have a glass of Sun Tea with me.


Carl reads my blog and lots of yours too. I surprised him when I did his birthday post.... he really liked it and I know he enjoyed your comments. He sends a thank you to each of you and so do I. And yes, I would love to have that sweet little wagon he's riding in. See you all later... hugs, Linda

42 comments:

Vintage Tea said...

That does sound refreshing!

And you're lucky to have some sun... we're having another washed out rainy Summer in the UK at the moment!

Victoria x

Teresa said...

I love tea! It is my favorite drink.
Happy Belated Birthday Carl! I am so glad Linda includes you in her blog. I really love it when a post involves fishing! LOL It makes me wish I was there with a glass of tea!

Lib said...

Us Southerner's Loves our Sweet Tea.:o)
I often make sun tea (same way as you) when I make tea on the stove I always put sugar in it, sun t ,I don't have to use sugar.
Cheers,Lib

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Linda, I am in sunny california too and its been HOT!
Love your blog. Came here today from another's.
Love, Ann

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

My dad used to make sun tea.
Thanks for reminding me of that sweet memory......
I still loved iced tea, though I make it indoors! Dad wouldn't even sweeten his; he loved it that way.....

FlipFlop Mom said...

GASP!! I love your BLOG!! I am so GLAD you found me!!! I think we have a lot in common!!! I have to try that tea.. I just snagged a HUGE mason jar from my mother in love!!! ( she was having a huge yardsale for her church) and I fell in love with it.. I was going to put ribbon in it.. but NOT anymore!!!!

I love the Old top on yours!!!!
Thanks for commenting and peeking on my blog!! Hope you will come back!!

Diane of Crafty Passions said...

Oh my that tea looks good I have never tried it like that but I sure will now thanks for the demo!!
And thanks for coming by my blog.
Diane

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Linda!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I haven't made sun tea for a long time, thanks for reminding me how good it is!! And Happy Birthday to your good lookin' man! Bet he had fun using those lures!
Have a great week!
Hugs, Sherry
Glad you liked the wind chime. It was fun making it out of things from the hardware store and yard sales.

BittersweetPunkin said...

I remember making sun tea...I like it iced better than hot.
Hugs,
Robin

Sharon said...

Oh, that looks wonderful! I never thought to make it in a cute old jar! Gonna copy that one!

Hugs, Sharon

Diana Lyn said...

Hi Linda, Nice to see you again, Summer keeps us all so busy, My Word its hot there, we have finally had nice weather we are into our second week! Today is a beach day with the grandchildren,Sun TEa in the summer is the only way to go!!!!! Stay cool.! Big Hugs ! Diana Lyn

Dolly said...

Happy Birthday Carl!!!!

Ouuuu Linda its hot here this morning I think I will take you up on that invitation and come over for sun tea!
I love tea hot or cold!

Have a great weekend,
Hugz,
Dolly

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

That looks might refreshing. Pulling up a chair and sitting a spell. Cheers!

Nancy said...

Sun tea is very good, we make it sometimes too. It is not nearly as hot here as you have it. It is only suppose to get to the 80's today. I can live with that.
Wish I could join you for tea. Have a great day.
Nancy

Gardengirl said...

Hi Linda. Thanks so much for visiting my garden while we were on vacation.
I have never made sun tea but after reading your post I think I'll give it a try.
Hopefully by now your heat wave is over and things a bit more comfortable there. It's been hot here too, but not as hot as what you have there.

ohiofarmgirl said...

The tea looks so good...I am beginning a project on my blog...come visit and give me some advise!!!! Dianntha

PEA said...

I'll be right over!!! I made a strawberry pie this afternoon so I think the iced tea and a slice of pie would go very well together, don't you? hehe I love iced tea but I like mine sweetened and with a slice of lemon in it...it's the first time I hear of putting it in the sun, though, that's so interesting! xoxo

Miss Jean said...

There is nothing better than a glas of sweet tea on a hot summer day. I come from the midwest and do the boiled tea business. When I visit my relatives in Georgia they always have two pitchers of tea at all times. "Ya'll want sweet tea or regular tea?"

We're certainly tired of the heat down here, also. The worse part is the air quality. It's just awful. I haven't seen blue skies for days.

Stay inside and stay safe.

Joy said...

This sounds great, think I will make some tomorrow!

Priscilla said...

Hi Linda, your tea looks very refreshing! What a good idea to sit it in the sun....I do love ice tea, nothing better on a hot day, although I am not seeing many here in the uk! Nothing but thunder and rain! But i can still enjoy tea!

Thanks for sharing this linda, lovely post........

Priscilla x

Jackie said...

I have never made sun tea, but considering all the sun we have had lately I am going to give it a try. Thanks for your directions.

God bless.

TattingChic said...

So refreshing! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog.

Ragged Roses said...

Hello and thanks for visiting my blog. My aunt use to live in California and I remember her making sun tea. Sorry it's so hot there, if it's any consolation it;s like winter here
Kimx

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Oh yeah, I'll take a glass of that. I love unsweetened ice tea...... so, so, refreshing!

I think it's hot hear when it hits 90. I'm not sure I'd go anywhere if it was in the 100"s. Take care and stay in the air conditioning!

:-) Rosie

Tracie said...

Hi Linda,
Sun tea sounds great and a very nice treat in the terrible heat. Each day, I was thinking "it can't get any hotter". As you know, I was wrong big time.
I love the containers you used too, such a pretty color, I bet it really picks up the heat nicely.
I'm going to give this a try, I've got to go out and pick up some kind of container though... hmmm, I'll put my thinking cap on and look around this weekend.
Have a blast at the antique show, sounds like fun, fun, fun. Hey Carl - hi to you too.
Happy Days!
xo~Tracie

Michelle said...

Hi Linda,
My aunt used to always do this too! Thanks for reminding me of happy childhood memories..

Have a great weekend! See ya Sunday :)

Michelle

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Hi there Linda!! I cannot think of anything better to cool off with than a nice cold glass of iced tea!

Thank God things got a bit cooler today! Yikes!!

xo
Becky

nannykim said...

I am glad I don't live there!! We did live in Oklahoma for a while--and we lived there the summer it was over 100 degrees for something like 60 days straight. There were some warnings for making Sun Tea a while ago so you might want to google it and see what comes up. We do drink lots of iced tea here in SC!

Denise said...

I love sun tea! My grandmother used to make it all the time.. I had forgot that..... It brought her to my mind...... Thanks for the memories........ I think I will make some sun tea tomorrow......

have a great Sunday......

TinaTx said...

I haven't made sun tea in years! Of course around here it wouldn't take it long to BOIL!

Thanks so much for your comments on my flowers and house. Just in case you couldn't tell, blue and yellow are my favorite colors! Something about a yellow house always captures my attention - I just think they look 'friendly'!

Thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving comments!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

My new favorite tea is green, mint tea! Very refreshing.

PAT said...

Hi Linda

I haven't made sun tea in a long time!

We have a Mr Coffee tea maker. J makes a big pitcher, every morning. I love unsweetened tea with lemon. Really quenches my thirst.

I've been visiting today. Enjoyed my visit here, very much!
I'm having a 200th post giveaway. If you have a minute, come on by the back porch.

Have a wonderful week.
Pat

Betty said...

This will be on my 'to do list' tomorrow....we are tea drinkers....

Thanks for visiting with me...and for your thoughts and prayers for my husband.....Betty

BittersweetPunkin said...

Popping in to say hello to you....
Hugs,
robin

Love Bears All Things said...

I haven't been drinking iced tea much these last few years but I'd sure like to stop by and share a glass with you. Upstairs, I have a gallon jug with a yellow pour spout top which says, Sun Tea. I used to make tea in it all the time. Maybe I'll do that one day this week.
My son and his family had the movers coming in yesterday and today. Please say a little prayer for them as they move across the country.
Mama Bear

Joy said...

I want some of that tea!
I have an award for your lovely site here. Just visit my blog to find out all about it. Have a great week!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi again!
I tagged you! Stop by my blog to see!
hugs, Sherry
If you don't have time I understand.

cherished*vintage said...

Oh, I love sun tea! I haven't had any in so long. Wow, your post brings back so many memories of sipping sun tea in the summer. I think I'll put a jar out today since it's sunny here in Seattle! Mmm my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Hubby will love some when he gets home too. Thanks for the great post!
-Karoline

Charmingdesigns said...

Oh yes, I think I will make some tomorrow! Love making it in the blue jars! Laurie

Mary Isabella said...

I make sun tea often in the summer...Have a beautiful weekend....Mary

Naturegirl said...

Linda I love sun tea...must make some
thanks for the reminder!

Magnolia Street Style said...

Sun tea is the best. I am now making up to 1 to 2 gallons a day. I even bring my tea into work with me. Try this one, add cutup strawberries to taste and let steep in the sun. DELICIOUS. I always enjoy reading your blog.