Sun Tea Recipe

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Sun Tea

Diane Hopson Smith


As the mercury breaks 100°F on these hot summer days a great way to make some tea without heating up your kitchen is to use the power of the sun to make sun tea.

Sun Tea has a more mellow taste 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.

I love tea made this way. I've only made it this way a few times. It's a smoother tea, never bitter. Now that I'm retired this may become a habit!

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No-Cook or Other


4 or 5
tea bags

Directions Step-By-Step

Put 4 to 6 tea bags into a clean 1 gallon glass 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. If you want it a little stronger, leave the tea bags in for a while longer.
Because you didn't use boiling water, you should refrigerate the tea and drink it up within a day or two. It will not keep as well as iced tea made from boiling water.

If you are a big tea drinker you will never have to worry about it, there won't be any tea left by the next day.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Coffee/Tea/Beverage
Regional Style: American
Hashtag: #tea