How to Make Sun Tea

As the mercury breaks 100°F on these hot summer days (or 38°C for those of you on a metric system) a great way to make some tea without heating up your kitchen is to use the power of the sun to make sun tea.

How to Make Sun Tea Recipe

  • Prep time: 3 hours


  • 4-8 tea bags


Put 4 to 8 tea bags into a clean 2 quart or gallon glass container (4 teabags for a 2 quart container, 8 tea bags for a gallon container). Fill with water and cap. Place outside where the sunlight can strike the container for about 3 to 5 hours. Move the container if necessary to keep it in the sun. When the tea has reached its desired strength, remove from sun and put it in the refrigerator. You may or may not want to remove the tea bags at this point. I usually don't.

The tea will probably taste more mellow than what you are used to from using boiling water. The slow seeping has a way of bringing out a slightly different flavor from the tea. Also, because you didn't use boiling water, you should refrigerate the tea and drink it up pretty quickly - a day or two. It will not keep as well as iced tea made from boiling water.

I usually make sun tea with various forms of herbal tea. Sometimes you can put in a few sprigs of fresh mint as well.

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  • tracy

    Would black current make good sun tea?

  • Jennie

    I love to substitute one regular tea bag with a herbal tea bag…usually lemon, orange, peach, or mint. Very good on a hot summer day in Arizona!

  • Wynne

    Black currant makes great sun tea, I think. I second the idea of subbing 1-3 bags of lemon, orange, peach or mint. I often make it with 2:1 plain tea to Constant Comment (orange spice).

  • Hillary Randle

    I think this is a great idea! My grandmother use to make sun tea here in Texas! Are there any health benefits to making sun tea, besides the fact that you use herbal teas and they already have these health benefits to them anyways!

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