Sun Tea
Recipe type: Beverages
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Serves: 8
Smooth, mellow and refreshing.
  • 1 Gallon Good Quality Water*
  • 3 Large Sun Tea Bags or 6 Regular Size Tea Bags
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  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • ½ Cup Water
  • Lemon Wedges
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  • Sun Tea Jug with Spout (found at any grocery store – most are 1 gallon size)
  1. Fill your sun tea jug to ½” from the top with water. Drop your tea bags in with half of the strings hanging outside the jar. Tighten the lid then put outside in the sunshine for the amount of time seen below – depending on the outside temperature.
  2. • 100 or higher: 1 ½ - 2 hours
  3. • 90-100: 2 – 2 ½ hours
  4. • 80-90: 3 hours
  5. • 70-80: 3 - 3 ½ hours
  6. Bring inside, remove tea bags and let stand on the counter with the lid off for an hour.
  7. While the tea is in the sun, make your simple syrup on the stovetop by combining the sugar and water over a medium heat. Stir well until the water/sugar combo becomes a clear syrup. Remove from heat, let cool for 5 minutes and put in a glass container that you can use to pour in the tea later.
  8. Important Tips for the Perfect Tea
  9. The best time of day to make sun tea in Arizona is anywhere from 11am-4pm. Find your 2-3 hour window during that time frame.
  10. After the tea is done, do not squeeze the bags excess liquids into the jug. Just throw them away.
  11. Do not try to cool your tea quickly to avoid a cloudy looking tea. Wait at least one hour after removing the tea bags and putting it in the fridge to chill.
  12. Make sure you start with room temp water – not hot. Don’t try to jump start the process or your tea will be bitter.
*This amount of water could vary depending on the Sun Tea container you have. But the amount of tea bags should be ok at 3 unless you have a container twice the size – then add another 2 large bags or 4 more small ones. Our favorite brand of tea bags is Luzianne or Lipton. If the water from your tap is lousy tasting and you don’t have a reverse osmosis tap, buy spring water (not distilled) from the supermarket.

Smooth, mellow and refreshing.