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How to Make Sun Tea | Summer Drink Ideas

Updated on November 27, 2014

Delicious Sun Tea Ideas for Summer

When the nights grow shorter and the days grow hotter my mind turns to tea. Nothing is more refreshing on a summer day than an ice cold glass of tea, sweetened just right. And the best sort of tea to have is Sun Tea.

Easy to make, easier to drink.

You don't have to limit yourself to run-of-the-mill ordinary tea either. These are some of my favourite warm weather summer time sun tea drinks.

making sun tea in a mason jar
making sun tea in a mason jar

Choosing the Best Sun Tea Jar

Glass or Plastic

There are a wide range of jars and jugs available for making sun tea these days. Most carefully labelled so that you know what it is, and some with a little spigot at the bottom even so you don't have to tip the jar. Most of these special jugs are made of a clear plastic.

I believe you need two things in a jar to make a good sun tea. It needs to be made of glass, and it needs to have a tight fitting lid. Tea in glass jars just tastes better. The tight fitting lid keeps uninvited guests out.

I recommend staying away from the jugs with built in spigots because these are incredibly difficult to keep clean. This makes a ripe breeding ground for bacteria which are going to make your next batch of tea taste not so great.

A Perfect Jug for Making Sun Tea

Bormioli Rocco Frigoverre Jug with Hermetic Lid, 68 oz.
Bormioli Rocco Frigoverre Jug with Hermetic Lid, 68 oz.

Two things I'm looking for in a sun tea jar.

It must be made of glass

It must have a tight fitting lid.

This has both.


Canning Jars Are Ideal for Brewing Sun Tea

They're easy to clean, have a tight fitting lid, and fit nicely on a shelf in the fridge. Best of all, you can usually buy them in multi-packs, meaning that you can have a quart or two of tea in the fridge for drinking, and another quart or two brewing for the next day.

fresh mint
fresh mint

Black tea and peppermint

I first experienced the combination of black tea and mint last summer. These are two strong flavours that really go well together. Brew this and add a bit of sugar to your liking, then sit back and enjoy a refreshing drink.

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 1 hour 55 min
Ready in: 2 hours
Yields: 2 - 4


  • 2 black tea bags
  • 2 peppermint tea bags
  • 1 quart water
  • sugar to taste


  1. Fill a quart jar with water.
  2. Add two black tea bags and either 2 peppermint tea bags, or a handful of fresh mint leaves.
  3. Cover with a lid.
  4. Place in the full sun and leave to brew for 2 - 3 hours.
  5. Transfer to another jug if you'd like to start another jar of tea brewing, add enough sugar to sweeten it to your liking, and place in the fridge until you're ready to serve. (In our house, that's about 30 seconds.)
  6. Pour over ice into a tall tea glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint if desired.
  7. And enjoy.
Cast your vote for Moroccan Mint Sun Tea
herbal iced tea with lemon
herbal iced tea with lemon

Herbal Sun Tea - Cooling and refreshing

Herbal teas are ideal for brewing up a delicious sun tea. Mint is especially ideal but don't limit yourself. Pull out your favourite herbal teas and give them a try.

This is one of my favourites. Celestial Seasonings Herb Tea, Cinnamon Apple Spice

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 1 hour 55 min
Ready in: 2 hours
Yields: 2 - 4


  • 4 tea bags - Cinnamon Apple Spice
  • 1 quart water
  • sugar or honey to taste


  1. Place the tea bags in a quart jar and pour over water to fill.
  2. Place the jar in direct sunlight for 2 - 3 hours.
  3. Transfer to a pouring jug, if desired. Sweeten to taste.
  4. Pour over crushed ice and enjoy.

How Do You Like Your Tea?

Some say it's better to have a cold drink on a hot day, others claim it's better to drink something hot.

But what's your preference?

Let's Talk Tea

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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      I love sun tea with a bit of natural mint, but I've never made it myself. I must give it a try.

      Great hub!

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      7 years ago

      I've never made sun tea but you've encouraged me to give it a try. Love your lens.

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      7 years ago

      Iced Red Zinger for me, please and thank you!

    • TonyPayne profile image

      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I tried to make sun tea several times in Indiana, but never had somewhere to place the jar in full sun, so it didn't work properly. An iced tea maker worked, but it's not the same as making sun tea. Excellent lens and I love Moroccan Mint Tea. Blessed.

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      7 years ago

      I used to make sun tea with my mom as a kid. Great memories and I miss it.

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      7 years ago

      Thanks so much for this great lens! I adore tea!!!!

    • shandigp profile image


      7 years ago

      outstanding lens, by the way.

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      7 years ago

      I always heard Iced Tea was invented at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. I don't think that's actually true, from what I read, but I'm from St. Louis so I like to think it was. :)

    • emmaklarkins profile image


      7 years ago

      Yum, a great summer drink. We make it all the time at my house.

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      Joan Hall 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      I've never made sun tea, but I want to do it someday. I'm going to link to this on my Ultimate Herb Tea Experience lens.

    • nightbear lm profile image

      nightbear lm 

      7 years ago

      What a fun lens. Not just great recipes but very important health issue facts as well. We must not take for granted the danger of bacteria. Very nicely done, I've added this to my own iced tea lens. Blessed!

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      7 years ago

      Great Lens, very helpful.

    • Missmerfaery444 profile image


      7 years ago

      These sound delicious! I have to confess I have never had iced tea, and had not come across sun tea before, but after reading these recipes I most certainly want to try them!

    • mivvy profile image


      7 years ago

      What a lovely lens. I love tea and drink lots of it. My favourite is herbaltea, but in the morning strong English breakfast tea with milk, no sugar is my favourite


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