Sun Tea

Recipe by Chef Garlic
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.