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How to Make Sun Tea (with a bonus.)

Updated on July 3, 2011

Sun Tea made Easy.

Glass is best.
Glass is best. | Source
Add 8-12 Regular tea bags (paper tags removed)
Add 8-12 Regular tea bags (paper tags removed) | Source
Here is the Bonus. Peppermint from the garden.
Here is the Bonus. Peppermint from the garden. | Source
I put the sugar in the mint jar.
I put the sugar in the mint jar. | Source
Fill a serving pitcher with ice, pour mint water and Sun Tea over the ice and serve.
Fill a serving pitcher with ice, pour mint water and Sun Tea over the ice and serve. | Source

Solar Energy Sun Tea.

Energy Saving Sun Tea.

If we plan ahead we can save some money by making Iced Tea with a little help from the Sun. After you use the steps in the following recipe you will do this over and over again all summer long.

You will be surprised how quickly the sun makes tea. I put the container out in the sun, went in to wash some peppermint and when I went outside, the water already turned color. I let the tea and peppermint water stay outside for 2 hours longer.

Sun Tea with a Bonus:

1 Gallon Size Glass Jar (plastic won't work) I bought my jar in a thrift store.

2 Quart Size Glass Jar

1 1/2 Gallons Filtered Water

8-12 Regular Sized Tea Bags, paper tags removed

(you can use more bags if you like a stronger tea, however, I find 8-12 bags makes a refreshing tasting Iced Sun Tea)

1 Cup Sugar

2 Cups Chopped Fresh, Washed Peppermint, stems removed (This is the Bonus that will really bring the tea a special and refreshing flavor.)

In the Gallon Size Jar add about a gallon of filtered water and the tea bags. In the 2 Quart Jar add the chopped peppermint and the sugar. Fit the lids on the jars and set out in the Sun for 2 -4 hours.

Fill a Serving Pitcher half way with Ice. Strain the peppermint/sugar mixture into a bowl, discard the peppermint. Add 1/2 of the peppermint/sugar mixture into the Serving Pitcher. Squeeze the tea bags to get every drop of tea into the gallon jar. Then fill the rest of your serving pitcher with the Sun Tea. You can combine and refrigerate the rest..

Until we meet again... Francesca27


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      Francesca27 5 years ago from Hub Page

      I'm looking forward to making the first sun tea of the season. The mint is just popping up, so it looks like we won't have long to wait. Thanks for hopping by!

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      Thanks for this hub because it is almost that time of year where we make sun tea all the time! Sun will be constantly shining soon. Great hub and voted up!

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      ajthesmeagol 6 years ago

      I'll make the tea but I like it real sweet.

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      NTR57 6 years ago

      I haven't made Sun Tea in years. Hmmm......I think the last time was during one of our past economic crashes (1970's?). Thanks for the reminder.

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      jbhearn95 6 years ago

      Beautiful pictures. I'll make some soon. Thanks.

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      WandasHomePlace 6 years ago

      I forgot all about Sun Tea. Thanks for the reminder and I will try your recipe. Now, where did I put my glass jar?

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      bri36 6 years ago

      in no time flat the sun here in az makes sun tea fin and a really cool thirst buster. thanks Francesca27

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      taylorslaw 6 years ago from Taylors

      I love sun tea. I used to make it all the time years ago.

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      Francesca27 6 years ago from Hub Page

      Thanks ThelmaC and annamaria123. I like the mild taste and how the peppermint comes thru in such a refreshing way. Happy tea time.

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      annamaria123 6 years ago

      We have plenty of mint. Must try the Sun Tea!

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 6 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      I have made Sun Tea before but never like your recipe with the peppermint and sugar. I plan on trying it. Thanks for sharing.