It’s gorgeous outside, all my windows are open, and I’m trying to study, but every hour or so a birdsong or breeze or scent pulls me with cartoonish tendrils out the door to wander the yard, investigate new growth, feel the soft young grass and golden sunshine sandwiching my pale and happy feet.

Sun Tea

Clearly, a day like this calls for sun tea. This is a staple of southern life, and about the easiest thing in the world to make. All you need is a sunny day, a large glass bottle, and some herbs. You ready? Fill your bottle with water. Put your herbal blend of choice in a tea ball and put it in the water. Cap your jar and set it in the sunshine for, oh, an hour? a day? however long you want? It’s that easy. Store it in the refrigerator and enjoy for up to 4 days.

I love making sun teas with bright tasting herbs like lemongrass and hibiscus. Look at the hibiscus in this tea, lustily dropping its color into the water. I love to dance the tea ball a bit from time to time, watching the color ripple into paisley swirls.  And look at the shimmering, fiery stained-glass light that the tea in the bottle casts on the ground… le sigh—a girl can fall in love with tea like that.

Okay, okay, back to the books…

Sun Tea

Your favorite sun tea combinations?