Winter Warrior Sun Tea is the perfect sun tea for the winter. It doesn’t really need any “sun” to brew, but does benefit from being able to sit for 3-4 hours in a warm place in your home before consuming. You are welcome to ice this tea after brewing or consume it room temperature or hot, by reheating the brewed tea over a low heat on the stove.
This tea is naturally sweetened by brewing beautiful herbs along with dried and fresh fruit. You are welcome to add additional sweetener to suit your taste, but I think you will find that it is plenty sweet on its own. The rosehips and hibiscus in this tea are both loaded with Vitamin C and antioxidants. The red pigment that they give, along with the pigments of the goji berries indicate a high level of phytonutrients. I encourage you to eat the berries along with the tea, especially if you use goji berries because they are a complete amino acid complex, known as a longevity food by many.
Although all berries promote good health and longevity did you know that the goji berry can be grown in most home gardens, even in a container. The plants are very cold tolerant, and extremely prolific once they get going. Although goji berries are more available then ever, high prices at the store make this a wonderful plant to propagate at home! Feel free to substitute any other dried fruit or berry you prefer or is more accessible to you!
Winter Warrior Sun Tea
Yields 2 Qts
2 Qts H20
1/2 cup goji berries, or other dried fruit such as currants, chopped apricot or dried apple
3 tablespoons dried hibiscus leaves
1 tablespoon dried rosehip
1 tablespoon vanilla extract, or 1/4 of a vanilla bean split
2 cups apple, any variety, chopped into a medium dice
Place the rosehips and hibiscus in loose tea brewer, such as a muslin bag, tea ball or a pieces of tied off cheesecloth. In a medium pot, heat the water till just under a simmer, then turn off the heat. While your water is heating, add all the additional ingredients to a sun-tea jar, or other heat temperate jar (such as a mason jar) or pot. Pour the water over the flowers and fruit and allow to brew in a warm place for 3-4 hours. Remove the loose tea brewer containing the hibiscus and rosehips. The tea is ready to serve as is, or can be heated or iced as you prefer.