Sun-brewed or cold-brewed iced tea

Sun Tea

Sun tea, June 2011

Are you trying to get away from sugary soft drinks? Sun tea is a great summer beverage. It’s easy to make and can be flavorful without added sugar. And if  the weather is cloudy or rainy, you can “steep” it longer outside or for several hours in the refrigerator.

Use any variety of tea you like for this recipe, from the standard Lipton’s orange pekoe to fancy green such as Republic of Tea to fruity herbal. Two of my favorites are Celestial Seasonings Country Peach Passion and Good Earth Original, a wonderful spiced tea. These are decaffeinated and taste sweet without added sugar.

Sun brewed or cold brewed iced tea
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Serves: 4
  1. For each quart of water, try 2 tea bags or 2 tablespoons loose tea in a tea ball. This is a starting point—if your tea is too strong or too weak, use fewer or more tea bags in your next batches. Place tea and water in glass container with a cover.
  2. For sun tea, set container outside in sunny place for 3 to 5 hours, or longer if it’s cloudy. For cold brewed tea, place in refrigerator several hours or overnight.
  3. Remove tea bags or ball and serve chilled over ice with lemon or mint. If desired, add 1/2 teaspoon sugar or other sweetener per 8 ounces tea. If it's too strong or too weak for your taste, adjust amount of tea the next time you make it.


Shared at Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays at Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free and Gluten-Free Wednesdays at The Gluten-Free Homemaker.

3 Responses to “Sun-brewed or cold-brewed iced tea”

  1. Evelin Tarter…

    A big thank you for your blog post.Thanks Again. Awesome….

  2. Jamey says:

    I am super eager to try this, I have been meaning to look up a recipe for sun tea, because everyone talk so much about how amazing it is. Do you have any recommendations for a flavor that seems to do better for sun tea? Thanks for the recipe I will give it a try.

    • Eileen Beran says:

      Hi Jamey! I like Celestial Seasonings Country Peach Passion and Good Earth Original Decaf. Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice might be good too–I think we’ve had that iced and liked it. Enjoy!

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