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Herbal Sun Tea

Lemon verbena or mint enhances a jug of rooibos tea, perfect for a summer picnic.

  • Yield: Makes 2 quarts
Herbal Sun Tea

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2007


  • 2 tablespoons loose rooibos tea
  • 2 tablespoons dried lemon verbena or dried mint
  • 2 quarts cold water
  • Honey or sugar, to taste


  1. Place tea and lemon verbena or mint on a square of cheesecloth. Tie into a bundle with kitchen twine. Place tea bag in a large glass jar, and add water. Cover, and steep in direct sunlight for 2 hours.

  2. Strain tea, and discard solids. Stir in honey or sugar. Serve immediately, or refrigerate up to 3 days.

Reviews (1)

  • craftycarebear 19 Aug, 2011

    I'm disappointed to find a recipe for sun tea on Martha Stewart's site! Sun tea has LONG been deemed unsafe because the sun's rays don't heat the water enough to kill bacteria, just enough to foster it. Sun tea can get you pretty sick if you aren't lucky!

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