Green sun tea with sweet mint and lime is such a refreshing treat on a hot day. You can make this tea as sweet or unsweet as you like.
This recipe was oddly inspired by something my friend Liz reminded me of the other evening. When we first met, I was on a diet Coke kick (That should tell you how long I’ve known Liz!). Whenever we’d head out together, I’d grab a can from the fridge on the way out the door. I called it a to-goda, and I’ll be honest. I was prettttty proud of that pun.
While I don’t miss those diet sodapops, I do miss having a good, grab-and-go drink in the fridge. This green sun tea is me trying to come up with a to-goda replacement that’s actually healthy.
It’s been years since I made sun tea, and I forgot how refreshing it could be! You don’t need a patio or porch to make this green sun tea. In fact, you don’t want to stick it outside at all. Instead, just find a sunny windowsill where your sun tea can steep to perfection.
While I hadn’t been making a lot of sun tea lately, I had been drinking my share of iced tea. You can totally make iced tea by brewing a double-strong batch and pouring it over ice, but I’ve been doing a lazy cold brew method that works really well. Here it is:
Stick a tea bag into a glass of room temperature water, and wait.
Some teas – like hibiscus – get a lot of flavor really quickly with this method. Green tea and black tea take quite a bit longer. The iced tea gets stronger as you sip, and you can keep adding water all day. I recommend it for days that you don’t have any iced tea in the fridge.
This green sun tea recipe sort of felt like taking that idea to the next level. Instead of subjecting my tea to intense heat, I wanted it to steep slowly in relatively cold water. The resulting tea is less bitter, in my opinion.
My favorite part about this recipe, though, is that it makes one serving of iced sun tea. You brew it up in a pint jar, stick it in the fridge when it’s done, and you can grab and go. Brew up a bunch of jars at once, if you like a to-go drink every day, or just do one to have handy for a busy morning.
Making this green sun tea takes some time, but it’s mostly not active time. Just make sure you give your jar a shake midway through the steeping process, and you’re good.
Mojito Green Sun Tea
Yield: 1 serving of green sun tea
- 3 tablespoons loose green tea (I used sencha. You can also bust open 4 green tea bags, if you can’t find loose green tea.)
- 1 tablespoon lime zest
- 1/4 packed cup fresh mint leaves (Leaving the stems is fine.)
- about 2 cups water
- juice of 1/2 a fresh lime
- 1-3 teaspoons powdered sugar, to taste
- Bundle the tea, lime zest, and mint leaves in a single layer of cheesecloth. Secure with baking twine, and drop it into a pint-sized mason jar.
- Add the water and lime juice, shake your jar, and set your jar on a sunny windowsill for an hour and a half, giving the jar a good shake after about 45 minutes
- Remove the cheesecloth bundle, and toss it into the compost, then add the lime juice to the jar.
- Sweeten your tea to suit your tastes with the powdered sugar, then chill until you’re ready to drink. When you pull your tea out of the fridge, you can drop a handful of ice cubes into the jar, if you like. The tea is strong enough that the melting ice won’t dilute it too much.