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How to Make Sun Tea: The Perfect Summer Beverage

Do you love sun tea? If you’re looking for a refreshing summer beverage, sun tea is definitely the way to go. In this blog post, we will teach you how to make sun tea like a pro. It’s really easy – all you need is some water, tea bags, and a sunny spot! Let’s get started.

History of Sun Tea

Just the thought of sun tea may take you back to sunny summer afternoons, sitting on the porch with a tall glass of iced tea. Or maybe it conjures up memories of your grandmother, brewing a big pitcher of sun tea to enjoy after dinner.

Sun tea has been around for centuries – in fact, its origins can be traced back to ancient China. Legend has it that a Chinese emperor was out walking one day when he came across a group of workers who were taking a break. They had placed their tea leaves in a pot of water and set it out in the sun to brew. The emperor was so intrigued by this method that he took some of the tea back to his palace to try it for himself. He loved it so much that sun tea became a staple in Chinese culture.

Is this true? We may never know the true origin of brewing tea in the heat of the sun, but this method of brewing tea became popular in the mid-1900s and is often part of many fond summer memories.

How to Make Sun Tea

Now that you know a little bit about the history of sun tea, let’s get started on making our own! Here’s what you’ll need:

– A clean glass jar with a lid (we like using a mason jar for peak nostalgia)

– Water

Tea bags – we recommend using black tea, green tea, or herbal tea

– A sunny spot


– Start by filling your jar with filtered water. If you don’t have a filter, that’s okay – just use water from the tap.

– Add in your tea bags – we like using about four tea bags per quart of water.

– Place the jar in a sunny spot – on a windowsill or outside in your garden are both great options.

– Let the sun tea brew for three to four hours.

– Once it’s done brewing, remove the tea bags and place the jar in the fridge to cool.

– Serve over ice and enjoy!

Is sun tea safe?

You may have heard that sun tea can be unsafe because of the risk of bacteria growth. However, as long as you take a few simple precautions, sun tea is perfectly safe to drink. First of all, make sure you start with clean water – either filtered or from the tap. Secondly, be sure to use fresh tea leaves – they should be no more than a few months old (learn more about how to store tea for freshness here!). Don’t sweeten your tea until after it’s fully brewed, and you’ve brought it in out of the sun. Sugar can make bacteria grow faster! And finally, don’t let the sun tea brew for more than four hours.

If you follow these guidelines, you’ll be able to enjoy delicious sun tea all summer long! So go ahead and give it a try – we think you’ll love it.

Once your sun tea is ready, you can enjoy it plain or add in some fresh fruit or herbs for a little extra flavor. We hope you enjoy this refreshing summer beverage! Cheers!