Sun Tea

Sun Tea created by ChefLee

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

Ready In:
6hrs 5mins


  • 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 1/4 cups Splenda sugar substitute (or sugar/Splenda mix)
  • water, to fill container
  • lemon wedge, for garnish


  • You will also need: 1 gallon container or jug, with a screw on lid.
  • About 9am, fill your pitcher with the water, and tea bags.
  • The reason for the screw on top, is so that ants don't get to the tea.
  • Let the tea sit in the sun for most of the day, a prime full sun location is best.
  • 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).
  • Boiling the cup of tea only helps to make dissolving the sugar easier.
  • Combine the sugar, tea, and more water to make one gallon.
  • Serve with thick 1 1/2" wedges of lemon.
  • It usually takes 4-6 hours of being in the sun, in order to steep.
  • You can eye ball the tea, and bring it in, after the tea looks dark enough.
  • Since the tea is best served cold, put it in the fridge right away.
  • It does not last as long as boiled tea for some reason.
  • And I usually leave the tea bags in the jug until the tea is gone.
  • Then, I take the tea bags and sprinkle them in my flower garden, or over my roses.
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  1. Bevin W.
    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 :)
  2. Mamas Kitchen Hope
    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!
  3. ChefLee
    Sun tea is awesome and I certainly have plenty of sun living in the Sonoran desert!! I will make this all the time, thanks!!
  4. ChefLee
    Sun Tea Created by ChefLee
  5. Chef Garlic
    This is a recipe I developed over time. You can adjust the sugar/Splenda to taste.

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