It appears that making sun tea has become a bit of a lost art around my household. I hadn’t made any in years. My Mom seemed to always have a jar brewing in the summer. It’s easy to make, tastes delicious, and the sunshine is free.

Brewing some tea in a nice sunny spot.


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 filtered water or any good drinking water and cap. The better tasting your water the better tasting the tea will be.

Place outside where the sunlight can strike the container for 2 hours or so. 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.

The tea will probably taste more mellow than what you are used to from using boiling water. The slow steeping has a way of bringing out a different flavor.  

I hope you will enjoy some delicious sun tea this summer.

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