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How to Make Sun Tea

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In the lazy, hazy days of summer, when it’s too hot and too much work to boil a kettle, this is a great way to make tea.


  1. Put tea bags of your choice and a corresponding number of teaspoons of sweetener into the jug.
  2. Pour in cups of water according to the number of servings you’re making.
  3. Screw on the cap.
  4. Shake well.
  5. Place the jug in a sunny spot.
  6. Wait a few hours, then shake some more. The color should be like a normal cup of tea: dark with black tea, lighter with green.
  7. Optional: Put the jug in the fridge to chill before drinking.
  8. Shake once more before drinking.
  9. Pour into a glass.
  10. Add ice to taste.


  • Pour some prepared Sun Tea into an ice cube tray, and when the cubes are ready, use them to chill the tea in your glass.
  • Use a larger jug than you need. The extra space allows room for shaking up the mixture to get a more even distribution of ingredients.


  • It tastes best within three days of preparation.
  • Sun tea steeps at an ideal temperature for bacterial growth. If you see ropy-looking strands in your tea, or any other unusual-looking particles, chances are your tea has become a bacterial hotbed. Throw the tea out and clean your container thoroughly before your next attempt.

Things You’ll Need

  • A large bottle or jar with a cap to hold your tea.
  • Bags of your choice of tea (black/green tea works best). The number depends on how many servings you want to make. Generally think one bag per serving.
  • Teaspoons to taste of your choice of sweetener (natural, raw, non-cane sugar works and tastes best). Generally, one teaspoon per bag of tea is enough.
  • One cup of plain water per serving of tea.
  • A glass for drinking.
  • Ice.

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