How to Make Sun Tea

Sun tea is an easy way to beat the heat of summer. Learn how to make sun tea with this simple recipe and tips for enjoying the refreshing summer drink.

How to Make Refreshing Sun Tea

Hey there, It’s Amanda from Domestically Creative back again with another simple recipe perfect for summer. Have you ever tried sun tea? Sun tea is just a simple way of brewing tea to make into iced tea using the sun to heat water instead of boiling.

Growing up my mom always made sun tea in the summertime, and it quickly became a staple in our refrigerator! Sun tea is really simple to make. You just need some tea bags, a glass pitcher, and water. Set it outside and let the sun do all of the work.

Sun tea in glasses topped with lemon slices

Sun tea is also versatile, just like making regular iced tea. You can serve it as is, with some lemon slices or enjoy a glass of this peach raspberry iced tea. You can even add simple syrup to the tea after steeping to sweeten.


  • 2 Family size tea bags, or 4 regular
  • 8 cups of water
  • Lemon slices (optional)


  • Glass Pitcher (not plastic)
  • Spoon to stir
  • Hot afternoon sun


Fill a glass pitcher with 8 cups of water. Add 2 family-sized tea bags or 4 regular tea bags to the pitcher and give it a stir.

Place the pitcher outside in the hot sun for 3-4 hours. The tea will steep as the water temperature rises inside the pitcher.

Sun tea brewing outside in a glass pitcher

When the tea has reached your desired strength, remove the tea bags, and move it to the refrigerator.

Add some lemon slices to flavor the sun tea if desired. You can also add simple syrup to sweeten it or add other fruit for flavoring.

Closeup glass with sun tea and lemon slice with pitcher in background

Some notes about Sun Tea

  • It’s important to use a glass pitcher or container when making sun tea, as it inhibits bacteria growth more than plastic.
  • Make sure the container has a lid to keep bugs and debris out while the tea steeps.
  • The tea will be smoother, and less bitter to taste than traditional iced tea because of the slow steeping time.
  • Some say that drinking Sun Tea can make you sick. The water temp does not get hot enough to kill any bacteria that may be on the tea leaves, which could cause illness if you consume it. Do your own research before trying out this recipe if you are concerned.

Sun tea in glasses topped with lemon slices

I hope you give this easy sun tea recipe a try!

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I’m Amanda, and I am the creator and voice behind the food and DIY blog, Domestically Creative. What started as a place to share updates with friends and family after we moved from Illinois to Tennessee and then to Texas, turned into a passion for finding creative and frugal ways to feed us and decorate our homes.

I have always had the “make it myself” attitude and I’m not afraid to bust out the power tools or get creative when it comes to decorating our home on a budget. You can usually find me scouring the local thrift stores, garage sales and estate sales looking for my next makeover (like this litter box cabinet), or dreaming up ways to make our new house feel more like home. My most recent project was giving my home office a much needed facelift. Some of the plans included creating a fun inspirational accent wall and adding pegboard to store my craft hoards.

I currently call Missouri home, where I live with my husband, dog, and 2 cats in a pretty dull, late 90’s split level. My husband and I both love to travel the U.S and recently purchased a small travel trailer to tag along in our journeys. In our free time together we can usually be found working together on a home project, exploring a new place, or just lounging with our pup, Delilah.

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