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Sun Tea Recipe

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Whenever I think of Sun Tea I am taken back to my childhood home, in the avocado green kitchen with blaze orange accents, where my mother would prepare her Sun Tea recipe week after week.  She had this gallon sized jar, with a painted on picture of an orange sunset, that she used for her sun tea.  She would set it out in the front, on the side walk, in the blazing hot Arizona summer sun.

Growing up, I felt like this was a very “Arizona” thing to do.  Only the people who live in a desert where it reaches 115 degrees would be the kind of people who would brew sun tea!  I am guessing we are not the only people who brew sun tea.  But just the thought of it makes me feel like I am home.  “Can you bring the tea in for me?” was a phrase I was asked often.  And now, my kids are the ones fetching my tea! 

We are moving in to summer quickly here and that means afternoons at swim team practice and weekends at the pool!  Both of those activities have me craving an iced tea.  Cold, refreshing, and perfect in the afternoons!  I realize that I could take the time to boil water on the stove and make my iced tea that way.  But, in the summer time, it just seems wrong to do so.  I MUST use the hot Arizona sun to brew my tea!

Sun Tea Recipe 

For this sun tea recipe I used one tea bag per cup of water.  Feel free to use more or less depending on how you like your tea!  Of course the brew time affects the end result as well.  Brew it for longer and get a stronger tea!  Black teas do really well in sun teas, but feel free to use what you have!  Today I used a combination of black tea and a chai tea.  I have used green tea before, too!  

I would be delighted if you would share your favorite tea combinations for Sun Tea recipes in the comments!!!  

Sun Tea Recipe


  • Tea black tea, green tea, your favorite tea....
  • Filtered Water


  • Use 1 tea bag per one cup of filtered water.
  • Choose your container (half gallon or gallon mason jar work well)
  • Add the tea to the water.
  • Set the jar out in the sun for 3 to 5 hours, depending on how strong you like your tea!

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How to brew sun tea

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