However, the other day, I heard of something that I just had to try – sun tea, or tea without a kettle.
It’s quite simple. Take a jug with a good lid, fill with freshly drawn water, and add a number tea bags (I use 3 for 1 litre of water). Give it a good stir, slap the lid on, then simply leave it outside in the sun for 4-5 hours. I give it an occasional stir, but it is not necessary.
When the tea looks a good colour, fish out the tea bags and refrigerate. Once chilled, drink on its own, or flavoured with lemon or mint.
I’ve tried it with both normal tea and rooibos (redbush), and think it tastes as good as iced tea made with boiling water. It might seem like a long-winded way to doing it, but tea made from the kettle has to stand anyway, before it is cool enough to go in the fridge.
Furthermore, when using normal tea, there is no hint of any bitterness, which you sometimes get if you leave it brewing for too long. Because the process is quite gentle, I think the end result is more subtle and delicate. However, that might just be me.