I’ve started this fun habit lately of making Sun Tea for One. It’s a simple ritual. A slight change in my day, and yet it brings profound differences in my life. Well, “profound” may be a stretch, but you get my point.
The thing is, I love tea. Nothing makes my day like a tall glass of iced tea. A little Truvia for sweetener. A slice of lemon. And maybe even a fresh sprig of mint from my garden.
Oh yeah. I have mint in my garden.
A tip to the people new to gardening with mint: be careful where you plant it. It’s not considered to be a weed, but it sure grows like one.
So although I love my iced tea, I find that I only like it fresh. As in…made today.
The stuff that sits in a pitcher in the fridge? Not my cup of tea.
Pardon me. I’ve got to go check the following off my To Do List:
My life is now complete.
I used to prepare my tea daily by boiling a cup of water in the microwave and adding a tea bag. Always to the rolling eyes of my husband who didn’t quite understand why I had to make it every, single day.
I do that with my salad dressings too. Hey, I like things fresh. What can I say?
Now that it’s nice and sunny outside, I’ve developed my patented and trademarked Sun Tea for One.
Here’s what it looks like:
Sun Tea for One©®™x
(Quick fact: The more symbols behind the name…the more important it is!)
Begin by adding filtered water to a mason jar and plopping a tea bag in the water. The next step is crucial. Don’t forget the lid! See that photo above? Look closely and you’ll notice a bug on the lid walking by some bird contributions. I like nature, but I don’t need it adding anything to my tea, thank you very much.
I always use one of those as the base, but sometimes I’ll add a second tea bag with a little zing to it, like mango-flavored herbal tea. You know, for a little pizzaz!
I place the jar on the deck in the morning and by lunch time, the tea is ready to go.
Then after you’ve got your freshly made glass of iced tea, get out some bon bons, a good book, and spend the afternoon pretending you’re a person of leisure. Because, you know, in that brief moment, that’s exactly who you are. At least to me.
Sun Tea For One
- Mason Jar with lid
- Filtered Water
- 1 or 2 tea bag(s) of your choice (depending on how strong you like your brew)
- Tea fixin’s of your choice (sweetener, lemon, and mint)
- Pour filtered water in your mason jar. Add the tea bag(s) and cover with the lid.
- Place the jar in a sunny spot in your yard (for me, that’s my back deck), and let it “simmer” for an hour or so. Two or three if you have the time.
- Discard the tea bag and pour the tea into your absolute favorite iced tea glass, add all the tea fixin’s of your choice and marvel at the wonder of the world!