Simple Sun Tea

In our neighborhood we have seven different cats that roam around being adorable and causing trouble.  Lucky for me, my desk sits right next to our kitchen window where 24/7 I have a live show of sleeping cats and feline mischief happening in the neighbor’s yard.  Today, that mischief involved a squirrel.This crazy little squirrel kept jumping from rooftop to rooftop, and made his way to the roof where our neighbor throws old loaves of bread for the birds.  And as he sat, happily munching away, one of the neighboring cats, snuck up right behind him.  I had already seen a close-call chase go down this morning  and was horrified because the squirrel wasn’t turning around to notice the feline behind him.

In a situation like this, you have a couple of options.  You can keep watching and hope for the best.  Or, you can look away if you expect the worst.  Well, unless, you are me, that is…  because if you are me, your solution would be to open your window and begin yelling for the squirrel to run. Yes, at 10 am on a Sunday, I opened my kitchen window and yelled at a squirrel like a crazy person.  (And, yes, this really happened.  Who would make this up?)

Sure enough, the cat quickly made its move and that badass squirrel made a break for it — bread and all.  Impressive little guy.  I guess when it comes to wild animals, they really don’t need anyone looking out for them.

Luckily the rest of my day was not as eventful.  I stuck some fresh herbs in a pitcher of water, let it sit out in the sunlight, and then stayed away from my window.  I think my neighbors appreciated it.



Sun tea is for days when you want to keep it simple.  Maybe your kitchen is too hot to boil a cup of tea or maybe you just feel too lazy.  That’s okay.  All sun tea requires is some herbs and, of course, sun. After brewing, keep this in a pitcher in your fridge and enjoy over ice.  You can use any combination of herbs you like, but this is one of my favorites.  If you aren’t able to drink all the tea, you can also freeze it in ice cube trays to add a nice flavor to plain water. 

Simple Sun Tea
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Recipe type: Drinks
  • 2 quarts of water
  • 3 cups fresh peppermint leaves
  • 1 cup lemon balm
  • ½ cup chamomile flowers
  1. Add herbs to pitcher of water and let sit in direct sunlight for 3 - 5 hours. Refrigerate after brewing and consume within 2-3 days.
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  1. says

    I used to make sun tea a lot until a couple of years ago when I read several articles originating from the Center for Disease Controls about potentially dangerous bacteria growth found in herbal sun tea. Apparently caffeine can keep bacteria at bay for about two hours but herbs shouldn’t be used for sun tea. I don’t remember ever getting sick from sun tea, but now I brew it in the fridge. At the very least, when the tea is done brewing in the fridge, it’s already cold!

    • says

      Thanks for the info! This is really good to know! I’ve never had any problems with it before, but I will definitely look more into this. Thanks Andrea! :)

  2. says

    I love you squirrel story lol. What a great way to use this scorching hot summer, sun tea! I have been making iced tea but brewing it over the stove…your way is much more eco-chic :)

  3. says

    I wonder if you put the mint leaves in white or apple cider vinegar, rinse and drain, to prevent mold, may change taste of tea.

    To prevent mold on berries: 1 part white or apple cider vinegar, 10 parts water. Mix well & put berries in. Drain, rinse, then put berries in fridge. I’ve tried this with berries. Work great.

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