This recipe is a trip down memory lane combining quality English tea with a technique learned whilst living in Russia. Southern tradition would require this recipe to rely on the heat of a warm summer sun to infuse tea with the deep undertones of time spent relaxing on the front porch. Sounds lovely, right? Personally, I wish it would snow … like this!
Frozen rivers, steaming schonstein, white for miles. Russia! Where dark, dreary days leave little room for the mesmeric comforts of the summer sun. It was freezing!! Most days were spent clinging to the heat billowing from a warm mug and tickling your nose. Toes wrapped in three pairs of heavy duty socks, a wool scarf hugging your neck. But, as winter faded to spring, the sun glimmers a small sporadic ray of hope on the gold domed rooftops of St. Petersburg. The snow dances in the light, laughter echoes on the air, and whispers of the coming White Nights enliven our spirits.
Steeped in the rays of the sun, chilled by the wintry winds and savored by the light of the fire, it’s the perfect time for a pitcher of sun tea. Now, this is living!
- 3 sachets of PG Tips tea, to taste
- Approximately 4 cups of boiling water
- A snowy winter's day with a temperature of at least 35° (any colder and you'll have frozen iced tea!)
- Combine all ingredients in a 32oz carafe. You want to be sure the teabags are closely nestled at the top of the pitcher so that you can easily retrieve them later. Close, seal and place on a windowsill in the cold winter sun. Steep for approximately 4 hours or until the tea takes on a lovely chestnut brown shade. Don't worry about the "iced" part. Winter chilled to perfection! Serve with your favorite sweetener or fruity flavorings!