If you grew up in the South, chances are you've had sun brewed tea! Granny Myrtle B. would load a glass pitcher up with classic Lipton tea bags, Dixie Crystal sugar and water, to brew in the hot Alabama sun all afternoon. I have fond memories of the big glass container of sun tea brewing on the back cement steps of her little house in Alabama. She had an old wooden picnic table that we'd sit at with big quarters of freshly sliced watermelon. Cat fish fry and homemade hush puppies were had often at our family get togethers...to accompany the sweet tea. When the sun went down, we would catch fire flies in our mason jars that we had poked holes in the lid. How beautiful those fire flies would light up as we played hide and go seek in the dark and laughed the night away.
Sunny afternoons in our tea courtyard in downtown Fort Lauderdale can reach steamy temperatures of 90 plus degrees; the perfect sun tea brewing weather! We have plenty of loose leaf "Alabama Iced Tea" and large brewing muslin bags available for purchase at our urban tea shop. It only takes about 3.5 - 4 hours of sun brewing time before you can enjoy your own cup of iced sun tea.
- Aunt Jenn
Pictured: Beginning of sun steeping process on the left, followed by 3.5 hours of steeping on the right. Look at that deep, vibrant color! Made with our Peachy Keen black tea. So refreshing!