How to Make Sun Tea

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This summer, when the sun is shining brightly and you are feeling nostalgic about those gleeful childhood vacay days, make yourself a cup of sun tea and cherish the warm memories!  You can make the sun tea quite easily at home, with any type of tea you might want – black tea, green tea, herbal tea, or any other variety of tea in between!

Pouring tea through a kettle into a cup

How to Make Sun Tea

Let the water embrace the golden rays of the sun and the essence of tea!
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sun tea
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Passive Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 4 cups


Classic Sun Tea

Herbal Sun Tea

  • 4 cups water (distilled)
  • 1 cup organic herbs (any herb of your choice)


The Classic Sun Tea

  • Fill a jar with water. It is best if you have a sun tea jar or you can also use any glass jar which has a lid.
  • Add the teabags of your choice into the jar of water, depending on how strong you want the tea.
  • Cover the jar with a lid and place the jar in direct sunlight outside for 2-3 hours. Don't let the tea stay in sunlight for more than 4 hours.
  • Once you are done with the steeping, you can take the jar away from the sunlight and check if its surface has had any bacterial growth. If there is, then throw away the tea immediately.
  • Otherwise, you can remove the tea bags and serve the tea now. Add ice cubes to the teacup and pour the tea.
  • Add lemon slices and cinnamon for a unique flavor, if desired.
    Lemon tea in a cup next to fresh lemon, honey, and cinnamon

Herbal Sun Tea

  • In this recipe, clean the herbs thoroughly in cold water by rubbing them with your fingers.
  • Take a jar and place the clean herbs into it.
  • Fill the jar with water and cover it with a lid.
  • Now keep the jar in direct sunlight for 2-4 hours. You can move the position of the jar to locations that receive ample sunlight.
  • A change in the color of the water will indicate that the tea is on its way to completion!
  • Remove the tea from sunlight once you see the color of tea becoming dark.
  • Your herbal tea is ready to serve! Strain it in a teacup and add honey if you like your tea sweet.
    A white cup of thyme tea with sugar cubes and thyme herb on a wooden background


For making herbal teas you can use any of the herbs like chamomile, hibiscus, mint, thyme, etc.
Instead of discarding the used tea bag, you can use it for enriching the soil in your garden.

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As the content and outreach specialist at Organic Facts, Jinal Gangar is responsible for the ideation and execution of content for social media. Jinal, an ex-banker who has completed her MBA in finance from Mumbai University, is passionate about health and wellness. She has completed an online program on “Introduction to Food and Health” from Stanford University, US. On weekends you can find her in cafes or movie theaters. Positivity drives her and she finds peace in cooking, reading, and coffee!
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