Lemony sun tea
Last week’s outdoor ‘cooking’ experiment didn’t involve lighting a fire – I relied on solar power!
Now it’s true that summer is officially over here in the UK, but we’re still running on British Summer Time for a couple more weeks, and last week was resolutely sunny, so I thought I would try making sun tea – something I have been wanting to do for a while, but never got around to.
The process is simple. You assemble some flavoursome tea ingredients in a clean jar of water, and leave it in the sun for around 5 hours. Since it’s not so warm outside, I left mine in the potting shed, which sits in a shaft of sunlight and gets very hot. When I ran out of sun in the garden, I brought it in to a west-facing windowsill to finish off. Since I had a lemon handy, I chose to make a lemony sun tea. Several lemon slices, and a handful of lemon verbena leaves (stripped from their stems) went into the jar. After several hours in the potting shed, the jar was warm to the touch – but not hot. This is a nice way to make iced tea in summer (cool it off once it been ‘cooked’), but it’s never going to boil.
Have you tried making sun tea? What’s your favourite recipe?