Curly Crafty Mom: 12 Months of Drinks - Piping Hot Sun Brewed Tea

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

12 Months of Drinks - Piping Hot Sun Brewed Tea

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Well, it is that time of the month again... time for me to share a drink recipe with you! I don't know how the weather has been in your neck of the woods, but after a month of daily rain, we are getting some HOT summer weather here in St. Louis! SO hot, that I thought it would be nice to share a refreshing COLD drink with you! Have you ever made sun tea? My husband said his mom used to always make it when he was a kid, but for some reason I had never had it before. So, I thought how perfect of a drink this would be for July... sun-brewed ice tea! Ahhhh...


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This drink is SO easy to make... I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up three glass mason jars with air tight lids. Then, I had some leftover chalkboard paint and I painted the rims. Then, I labeled each rim in cursive with the type of tea I planned to brew in the jar! Hobby Lobby sells mason jars with chalkboard lids, but they have a hole for a straw... since you need an air-tight lid, it is easier just to make your own lids. Aren't they the cutest?



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Make sure you wash your jars in the dish washer or in a large pot of boiling water for 5 minutes to sterilize.


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Be sure to select a few teas for your jars. I selected three different kinds for fun: Earl Grey (my favorite), Vanilla Caramel (my second favorite) and Green Tea. It is fun to try a variety of flavors and if you have kids, they will probably really enjoy the vanilla caramel tea!


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You don't want to set the mason jars on the ground outside, so I set up a little table. I took my daughters craft table and spread some fabric over it to make it look pretty. I then set the jars on the table, with the lids and tea bags.



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Put 2-3 tea bags in each mason jar. I put 2 tea bags in and it was plenty!



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Fill the jars with distilled water. It is important to use distilled water as a precaution so bacteria (I know, TMI!) does not grow! Water heated by the sun reaches a maximum temperature of 130 degrees - the perfect temperature for bacteria to breed. SO, even though folks have been making sun tea for years without any problem... it doesn't hurt to use distilled water.


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Screw the lids on tight. Now you wait for 2-3 hours while the tea brews under the sunlight in your own backyard! I love how the fabric I used matches the blue and pink flowers in my garden. I didn't plan that, but it was nice how it worked out for these photos. :)


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While the tea is brewing away outside, I went inside and got some chores done around the house... and, I looked forward to sipping a nice cold iced tea afterwards!


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I let the tea brew for 3 hours. Don't let it brew any longer, because that can also be a risk for bacteria. Fun stuff, I know... I couldn't believe how rich the colors looked in the mason jars when I went outside to see how the tea was doing!


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I couldn't wait to take all this amber-colored warm goodness inside to drink up!!!


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I poured the tea out of the mason jars into my mason jar glasses with a handle! heehee! I know... I do love mason jars! I then added ice, poured in some tea and added a little sugar. You can also add honey! My kids and I had so much fun trying ALL three flavors (yes, we tried all three in one sitting!). This is so fun to do alone, with your hubs/significant other OR with the kids!


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Sorry I didn't add any cute little garnishes or straws to the drink... I just wanted to drink it up! I'm sure you'll understand ;) 

I hope you enjoyed this drink... next month (August) is my birthday month and I have an EXTRA special drink to share with you that month. Stay tuned!

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