Total Time
3hrs 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 3 hrs

I find most recipes for sun tea to be weak and tasteless. I like this recipe and usually drink tons of it in warm weather.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 6 small orange pekoe and black tea bags
  • 3 small flavored herbal tea bags (fruit, rose hip or hibiscus flower are great)
  • 12 fresh lemon (optional)
  • 12 fresh lime (optional)
  • honey, amount to taste (optional)


  1. Remove any tags from the tea bags (prevents dye from leeching into the tea) and place them in the bottom of a clear, glass, 1/2 gallon pitcher.
  2. Fill with cold water , add lemon and lime and cover with plastic wrap or lid (keeps gnats and other creepies out).
  3. Place outdoors in the sun (can do out of the sun as well, but takes just a bit longer).
  4. Allow to brew for 5-6 hours or until it is as dark as you like (warmer weather brews it faster).
  5. Remove tea bags and fruit and serve tea over ice, sweetened with honey if desired (mix it in while tea is warm).
  6. Tea will keep about 6 hours, after which the quality decreases rapidly.


Most Helpful

A Great idea and it worked! I am not an expert on iced tea, but I DO like strong tea, and on that score this tea hit the spot. I added some honey and also a mint sprig too - next time I might add a little lemonade syrup for a bit more flavour, I did add some lemon juice but it was a little lost - however, this was a refreshing drink that I enjoyed! Made for the summer comfort cafe - thanks Sue! FT:-)

French Tart July 08, 2009

The absolute best. Made this last fall for my anniversary dinner and it was a crowd pleaser!!! This summer, my son and my husband asked for it again. I can't keep it in the fridge! My changes: my garden is filled with peppermint, so I stuff 48 oz mason jars with 4-6 fresh mint stalks, and the herbal teas you mentioned. The aroma is tantalizing. It's our exclusive summer drink, it's extremely refreshing, guaranteed!

Fine'n Dandy July 10, 2008

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