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Summer Tea Powered By The Sun

Use the hot summer sun to your benefit in this recipe. Fresh herbs steeped in sun-heated water makes a delicious summer beverage.

sun-tea

Photo: Jessie Wallner/WFIU

I recommend using an antique glass jar for this tea. It somehow always ends up tasting better!

You don’t have to heat up the kitchen to enjoy a freshly brewed cup of tea. We’re using the power of the summer sun for this recipe!

I grabbed a bunch of fresh herbs from the garden, whatever suited my fancy:

  • pineapple sage
  • lemongrass
  • lemon basil and white basil
  • fennel
  • chamomile, both the flowers and greens

Fill the jar to the brim with water. Add several lemon wedges and let the tea steep in the sun for a couple hours.

Cool it off in the fridge for another couple hours. If you can’t wait, you can pour it over some ice cubes.

For sweet tea drinkers, add some simple syrup, agave nectar or honey.

Enjoy!

Chef Daniel Orr

Chef Daniel Orr is the owner of FARMbloomington and the author of several cookbooks. He draws from a lifelong curiosity about individual ingredients combined with extensive training in the art of finding food’s true essence and flavor. The result is simple, yet sophisticated; the best of American food tempered by classic European training.

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