How to Make Sun Tea

How to make sun tea

Have you ever made Sun Tea?  It’s my favourite way to enjoy iced tea in the summer!  The taste of real brewed tea and endless flavour options is what gets me really excited about brewing a batch.

Sun Tea is a method of brewing tea slowly by using the heat of the sun to steep tea bags.  I find it fascinating to watch the water in the glass jar slowly change colour as the sun works its magic on the tea bags.   🙂

Sun Tea is really easy to make and is very adaptable to your own personal flavour preferences.

How to make sun tea:

  1. Add 6 – 9 tea bags (any flavour works) to a 4 litre glass jar.
  2. Fill the jar with water and screw on the lid.
  3. Place in the direct sun for 3 – 5 hours, or until desired strength is reached.
  4. Place in the fridge.
  5. To serve:  add sliced lemons, fresh mint, sweetener (honey, simple syrup, agave…etc.) if desired.

For the batch I brewed pictured above, I used 6 Ginger Peach tea bags and 2 Orange Pekoe tea bags.  I added some of the Simple Syrup I featured the other day until I was happy with the sweetness.  I think it tastes pretty darn good, but if I had some lemons on hand I would have added a few slices to make it perfect!


  1. I used to make this tea all the time back in the 70s. A word of caution though. We use well water. If you use regular tap water PLEASE make sure you boil it first. Leaving tea in the sun for slow brewing can cause all kinds of impurities to grow in the water. I learned this the hard way. Otherwise, it makes great tea.

    • Should have said…tap water of any kind, whether city or well. If you aren’t sure, best to boil the water first.

  2. I brew mine in the refrigerator. No bitter taste and use the same number of bags. Try it I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

  3. The reason you want to make Sun Tea is…. By brewing it slowly and with the suns low heat it doesn’t have the bitterness that the boiled water type does and you get better flavor.

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