How to Make Sun Tea

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. 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. Here are two pictures, one picture shows the tea 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 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 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.

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Tea Bag combination ideas

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

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.

Print Recipe
How to Make Sun Tea Yum
How to Make Sun Tea
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
gallon
Ingredients
  • 2 Tea Bags Cold Brew Tea Bags Lipton Family Size Cold Brew Tea Bags (can also use 4 regular size tea bags in a variety of flavors)
  • 1/2 gallon water in a clean jar. (I used a 1/2 gallon canning jar)
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
gallon
Ingredients
  • 2 Tea Bags Cold Brew Tea Bags Lipton Family Size Cold Brew Tea Bags (can also use 4 regular size tea bags in a variety of flavors)
  • 1/2 gallon water in a clean jar. (I used a 1/2 gallon canning jar)
How to Make Sun Tea
Instructions
  1. Using a clean 1/2 gallon jar, place tea bags in jar and fill with water. Put cap on container and set in the sun for 2-3 hours.
  2. Remove the tea bags and refrigerate.
  3. This can be used right away or poured over ice.
Recipe Notes

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