My Version of Iced Tea


Sun tea.

It’s a form of brewing tea bags with water in direct sunlight. I find it’s a hit or miss that some people know about it and originally I thought it was an eastern way, but now I’m noticing people around North America know about it.

After making my own “iced tea” for so long I find that the powdered concoctions are waaaaaaaay to sweet for my tastebuds. This has just enough sweet and tart with a dash of refreshing mint to make this an addicting drink during the hot summer days. Some days I have to brew a new batch everyday because it goes so fast.

I should have posted this earlier, but it’s one of those simple things I assumed everyone knew about.

I’m lucky to have access to a nice big jar container that holds four litres of water, essentially two drink containers.( If you don’t have a container that makes that much cut down the sugar/lemon juice.) All that you need to do is take 6 black or green tea bags, place in the water, cover, set in the sun for a couple of hours, pour sugar and lemon juice in and mix, cool and pour. A much healthier alternative then the powdered mix and one that you control what goes in.

Sun Tea
  • 6 tea bags, black or green
  • 4l water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup lemon juice
  • 1 whole lemon
  • 2 springs of mint
  1. Place tea bags in clear container (I have a 4l jug/jar), fill with water. Cover.
  2. Place outside in the sun until the water turns a nice caramel dark brown colour. Don’t forget to take the tea bags out first! Bring inside and pour the sugar and lemon juice into the container and stir.
  3. Slice the lemons and place them and the mint into the container.
  4. Pour into drink containers that have a pour spout and place in the fridge to cool. Serve!

If you make this, let me see! Tag your photo with #teawithmeblog on Instagram.


Share Your Thoughts

  1. Tried making this the last two days but I didn’t have one key ingredient – sun! Some ingredients I guess they just don’t have at the local Safeway.

    Maybe you can post a recipe for a nice, warm hot chocolate instead :)

  2. I can go through one of these a day by myself in the heat of the summer. Definitely one of my favorite drinks when it’s hot out.