Total Time
6hrs 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 6 hrs

This is a recipe I developed over time. You can adjust the sugar/Splenda to taste.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 family-size tea bags (I know some people prefer one brand over the other, so you can decide which you prefer)
  • 1 14 cups sugar or 1 14 cups Splenda sugar substitute (or sugar/Splenda mix)
  • water, to fill container
  • lemon wedge, for garnish


  1. You will also need: 1 gallon container or jug, with a screw on lid.
  2. About 9am, fill your pitcher with the water, and tea bags.
  3. The reason for the screw on top, is so that ants don't get to the tea.
  4. Let the tea sit in the sun for most of the day, a prime full sun location is best.
  5. When bringing the tea in, boil one cup, and then mix it with the sugar (but, in the summer, the heat from outside can be enough to dissolve the sugar).
  6. Boiling the cup of tea only helps to make dissolving the sugar easier.
  7. Combine the sugar, tea, and more water to make one gallon.
  8. Serve with thick 1 1/2" wedges of lemon.
  9. It usually takes 4-6 hours of being in the sun, in order to steep.
  10. You can eye ball the tea, and bring it in, after the tea looks dark enough.
  11. Since the tea is best served cold, put it in the fridge right away.
  12. It does not last as long as boiled tea for some reason.
  13. And I usually leave the tea bags in the jug until the tea is gone.
  14. Then, I take the tea bags and sprinkle them in my flower garden, or over my roses.


Most Helpful

Love this sun tea! So refreshing and so easy! I used the Splenda option since I am trying to watch calories. Some may find it a little strong for them- if so just add some additional ice or a little water. We are iced tea drinkers so a little strong is good. Thanks for a nice iced tea!

Mama's Kitchen (Hope) October 01, 2009

Sun tea is awesome and I certainly have plenty of sun living in the Sonoran desert!! I will make this all the time, thanks!!

Chef*Lee March 11, 2009

thank u for sharing your recipe! I know this post is over 7yrs old, but I made this tea yesterday, and it was DELISH!!! it was gone so quick, I'm making more right now! yummmmmm :)

Bevin W. June 30, 2016

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