Few things embody the taste of summer like slow brewed sun tea. Our Nectarine Mint Sun Tea takes this summertime classic to the next level of refreshment with fruity nectarine undertones and a burst of cool mint in the finish. And yes, it still tastes like tea.
We make this all summer long with regular and decaffeinated Twinings teas for consistent brews that are never bitter. English Breakfast has a full-bodied flavor whereas Irish breakfast had a bold punch and strong finish. Either way, it should be a staple in your fridge, especially if you’re trying to ditch soda.Print
Crisp and refreshing Nectarine Mint Sun Tea is the perfect summer drink.
- 64 ounces cold filtered water
- 2 ripe nectarines, pitted and quartered
- 3 bags regular or decaf English or Irish Breakfast Tea (we like Twinings)
- 1 sprig fresh sweet mint (6–8 leaves)
- 1 packet of stevia or one tsp Lakanto Classic Sweetener
- Thoroughly clean two 64-ounce glass mason jars and lids and set one aside. These are readily available online and where canning supplies are sold. We purchased a set of two for about $15.
- Prepare the nectarines and add to the jar along with the sweetener. Place a rubber band around the top of the jar, just below where the lid screws on. Slide the tags of the teabags under the rubber band to secure and drop the teabags into the jar. You can skip the rubber band, but it makes removing the teabags easier.
- Fill the jar with cold, filtered water leaving about 1/4 inch of space at the very top. Seal tightly and place outside in a full-sun spot that will get light for 6-8 hours. If you don’t have an outdoor space, a sunny window will do, but take care to protect surfaces since the jar will sweat as the water warms. Leave the sealed jar in the sun for 6-8 hours.
- Carefully transfer the heated jar to a countertop surface. The jar may be quite hot depending on outside temperature. Open the jar and insert the sprig of mint or fresh mint leaves. Reseal the jar and let it cool to room temperature. Once cool, open the jar and remove the tea bags by their strings. Use a fork or spoon to remove the mint sprig/leaves and as many nectarine pieces as possible (they will be very soft). DO NOT place your fingers in the jar.
- Place the reserved (empty) jar in the kitchen sink and set a fine mesh strainer over the mouth of the jar. Cheesecloth secured with string or a rubber band will also work. Slowly pour the tea through the strainer and discard the remaining solids. You will be left with the finished tea.
- Seal the strained jar of tea and refrigerate until cold, then serve straight up or over ice. Add more sweetener when serving, to taste, if desired.
Refrigerate up to a week in the sealed jar…but it won’t be around that long.
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