Making sun tea is kind of like cheating. In the best way. It sounds fancy and tastes delicious, but requires less effort than you'd think. Our Summer Goddess Sun Tea recipe is from this week's resident natural beauty expert, Jessa Blades. It's a bright, floral variation on the iced tea you're probably already drinking. Sweetened with a brown sugar and chamomile syrup and packed with vitamin C-rich hibiscus and rose petals, this version is as tasty as it is nutritional. It's also showstoppingly pretty.
Above: Jessa blends equal parts dried rose and hibiscus flowers to make her Summer Goddess tea.
Above: Leave your tea in a sunny window or a fire escape for an hour or two to steep.
Above: Dried chamomile flowers are used for making a floral-scented simple syrup that sweetens the tea with organic brown sugar.
Above: Strain syrup into a clean container and keep refrigerated.
Summer Goddess Sun Tea
- Equal parts dried rose and hibiscus flowers, blended
- 1-3 teaspoons of flowers per 8 oz of water
If you'd rather not blend your own tea, Jessa sells the pre-blended Summer Goddess Tea through her website.
Brown Sugar Chamomile Syrup
- 1 cup organic brown sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup dried chamomile flowers
photos & interview by Erin Boyle