How to Make Sun Tea

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Have you ever made sun tea? The weather has turned warm in Wisconsin and the temperature is close to 90 degrees. To me, that means it is time to start making sun tea.

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Glass of Sun Tea on Ice
Glass of Sun Tea on Ice

While I could brew the tea with hot water, it just seems fun to make tea using just the sun for heat. This is a great project to do with children in the hot summer days.

Type of Tea

I like to use Lipton Cold Brew. That is what I use most of the time  when I make sun tea.

family size lipton cold brew tea bags
family size Lipton cold brew tea bags

Using the Sun to Brew

Making sun tea is really using the sun the brew the tea bags. While the cold brew tea bags will steep in cold water, the flavor really comes alive, in my opinion, when steeped in the sun.

The two photos below show the stages of the sun tea. In the first photo, the tea is just starting to steep. It was out in the sun about 10 minutes so you can see how quickly things start to change.


The darker colored jar is the same jar that sat in the sun for slightly over 2 hours.

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Sun tea after two hours steeping
Sun tea after two hours steeping

Sun Tea Serving ideas

  • Add 1 teaspoon of sugar to a glass of ice tea and stir until dissolved
  • Teaspoon of honey
  • Two thinly sliced lemons
  • Add a few thin slices of peaches
  • Make a simple syrup

How to Make Simple Syrup – of 1/2 sugar and 1/2 water. Bring to a simmer to dissolve the sugar. This is a great homemade sweet syrup that can be added to any of the tea varieties that you choose to make.

Tea Bag combination ideas

I find that it is easier to do the combinations of teas when using the regular sized tea bags rather than the family size.

  • Two ginger peach & two green tea bags
  • Two ginger peach & two vanilla tea bags
  • Two green tea & two vanilla tea bags
  • Two black tea & two lemon ginger tea bags
  • Two green & two mint tea bags
  • Two of your favorite berry tea bags, one vanilla & one green tea bag

Try a few mix and match combos and find the one that is just right for you.

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How to Make Sun Tea

Instructions on how to make delicious sun tea. Summertime drink. Let the sun do all the work.
Prep Time5 mins
Sun Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: drink, recipe, tea
Servings: 1 Gallon
Calories: 1kcal


  • 4 bags Tea Cold Brew Family size Tea Bags
  • 1 Gallon Water


  • In a large glass gallon container, fill with water. Add the tea bags. Place in the sun for 2 hours.
    Sun tea after two hours steeping


Calories: 1kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Sodium: 189mg | Calcium: 114mg

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