Sippin’ On Sun Tea

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Grocery Assistant Manager: Denice, M.

Spring has finally arrived giving us ample opportunity to make the most of sunshine.
I love to make sun tea because it’s creative, economical and healthful. To reduce any risk of bacteria, I only make enough tea for the day. The only hard part is gauging how much my boyfriend and I can throw back in an afternoon.

“La Vie En Rose” is my favorite springtime blend. I like it because the Hibiscus is both tart and refreshing. It pairs very well with the Cinnamon and the Rose adds just enough sweetness for balance. Rooibos is caffeine free making it great to drink any time of day. It is also rich in antioxidants and has it’s own sweetness with vanilla notes.

You will need:

Cheesecloth

Cooking Twine

Small Mixing Bowl

Measuring Cups

1 Quart Glass Jar

Mortar & Pestle or Wooden spoon and bowl for crushing herbs


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La Vie En Rose

1/2 cup Hibiscus Leaves

1/2 cup Rooibos

2 Tbl Rose Petals

3 Tbl Raw Honey

2 Sticks Ceylon Cinnamon

About 1 quart of H2O

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1) Crush the Hibiscus, Rooibos and Rose Petals together in the mortar or bowl

2) Place Cheesecloth into a small bowl so that the edges of the cloth come over the sides of the bowl

3) Break the Cinnamon in half and place into the bowl along with the crushed herbs & tea

4) Gather the Cheesecloth together and tie off with the cooking twine

5) Dissolve the Raw Honey in the water. You want the jar filled almost to the top, but leave enough room for the tea bag to play!

6) Place your homemade tea bag into the glass jar and seal. Place in a sunny spot for about 3-4 hours.

7) Remove the tea bag and discard the tea mixture. You can reuse the cheesecloth, simply soak in distilled vinegar and rinse with hot water. Lie flat to dry

8) Keep tea refrigerated and consume within 24 hours.

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You can also steep a refreshing batch of tea in the refrigerator! It takes a little longer to steep, but it also extends the shelf life.

1) Follow steps 1-5 of the sun tea recipe

2) Place in fridge for 6-8 hours

3) Remove tea bag and keep refrigerated

You can purchase all of these items at Rebecca’s, even the kitchen tools!