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Mixed-bag sun tea

It’s spring. The sun is back! Re-posting a summer 2018 recipe that will take full advantage of this delightful change.

“Here in the South, we don’t hide crazy. We put it on the front porch and give it a sweet tea.” unknown author

Forget the sweet tea, actually. You won’t need sugar if you try this Mixed-Bag Sun Tea. As easy as a summer afternoon, the sun does all the work and creates a mellow tea that’s even better than the kind brewed on the stove top. Enjoy!

The sky clouded over just when I wanted to take this picture. Truth is, sun isn’t actually required. A warm day is enough.

Mixed-Bag Sun Tea

Fill a large glass pitcher (like a half gallon or so) with room-temperature water. Filtered tastes better. Add seven bags of tea — four real tea (black or green) and three herbal tea (chai, berry, citrus, peppermint, etc. or throw in some fresh herbs from the garden if you have them.)

Rubber band a dish cloth over the top to keep the bugs out and set the whole thing in the sun. Whenever the tea looks the right color to you — brewing speed depends on how sunny and warm the day is — taste a sip. If it’s strong enough for your liking, remove the bags and refrigerate the pitcher. Serve in tall glasses, with lots of ice, on a porch near you.

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As much as I’d love for every day to be full of sunshine, it isn’t. If death is a part of your life right now, please check out my new book, Making a Grand Exit: Biblical Answers to Our Fear of Dying. It links God’s Word to specific fears, stirring up faith and joy even on the darkest day. You can find out more at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DLC6K43.

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