Today hasn’t been the sunniest day in Los Angeles. I’d like to say that I woke up at six in the morning, cheerfully placed some sun tea on my front porch, and rode my bike to the beach to take a dip in the ocean. While I did take a little bike ride, I did not swim in the ocean or make sun tea. Instead, I spent what felt like hours sipping a hot blend of yerba mate and contemplating how it can be possible that my cat – who is three years old – is still such a sweet, kneading kitten (it’s really difficult to get a head start when I don’t hear the birds chirping outside).
Be that as it may, the last few weekends have been extremely sunny and I have hope for the weeks to come. I love putting a few bags in a skinny glass container and letting the water soak up the loving rays and the even more tender Camellia sinensis. I became inspired last year to start making sun tea when I stumbled upon Yumi Sakugawa’s illustrated guide to making sun tea on Wonderhowto.com, How to Make Sun Tea: Secret Tips from the Yumiverse.
I decided to follow her directions because I love DIY tips, tea, and her meditative aesthetic. I’m not going to go into the details of how to make the tea because you can follow the link above, but I’ve been using this recipe off and on for almost a year now. Although I don’t have as much time to hang around on my front porch and cultivate a garden in my little yard, I’ve been trying to take care of plants in a little outside area at work. Maybe if I start brewing sun tea at my job next to the sunny spot where the flowers are growing, I’ll become a more attentive gardener AND tea brewer.