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Summer Solstice Strawberry-Mint Sun Tea

In my neck of the woods, Summer means fresh strawberries and an abundance of fresh mint. This is a delicious summer tea refreshing and full of flavor using mint and strawberries to help transition us into summer!
Prep Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours
Servings 6
Author Leandra Witchwood

Ingredients

  • 6-8 cups cold water
  • 4 Ceylon tea
  • 2-4 mint sprigs with leaves
  • 30 frozen whole strawberries
  • Ice Cubes
  • Simple Syrup or Honey to taste
  • Fresh strawberries and mint for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place the cold water in a large glass pitcher or beverage dispenser.
  2. Add the tea bags and mint. Cover and allow the tea to brew in direct sunlight for 4 to 5 hours.
  3. Remove the tea bags, add ½ of the frozen strawberries to the brewed tea, and allow to sit for 10 minutes and stir.
  4. Divide the remaining strawberries and ice between six ice tea glasses.
  5. Discard the tea bags and mint leaves and fill each glass.
  6. Sweeten with simple syrup or honey to taste.
  7. Garnish with a single strawberry and a small sprig of mint.

Recipe Notes

If you would like to drink your tea more quickly, brew the tea and mint on the stove in a pot with 2 cups of water. Once the water comes to a boil turn off the heat and allow the tea to steep for 2 minutes. Pour hot tea over ice, water, and ½ frozen strawberries and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Divide the remaining strawberries and ice between six tall glasses. Discard the tea bags and mint and fill each glass. Sweeten with simple syrup or honey to taste.
I prefer to use fresh strawberries that I cut and freeze. You can use store-bought frozen berries if you like, this will save you time.