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How to make…Sun tea

Sun tea is a summertime tradition in our house. And, while I made it a few times when I lived in the UK, I was the only one who drank it over there, so I didn’t get through as much of it as I do in the States, living back with my Dad.

Iced sun tea is an easy, tasty alternative to plain water and you can either use flavoured, herbal tea bags, or add a flavouring before or after steeping your tea in the hot summer sun.

Sweetening your drink is also optional. In cafes and diners you’ll often be given unsweetened iced tea and you can add as many little sachets of sweetener as you’d like. But here at home, we use honey to sweeten our tea after it has steeped.


8bagsTea(Any flavour. I used black tea in my recipe this time.)
Honey(To taste. I’ll use about ΒΌ cup to sweeten the gallon.)
16sachetsBlack Elderberry powder(Completely optional, if you want to replicate my recipe from the tutorial video.)


  1. Use a clean, glass gallon jar and fill it with still water.
  2. Add 8 bags of tea to the top, keeping the strings hanging down the outside rim of the jar.  Use more if you prefer a stronger, more intense flavour.
  3. Add any additional ingredients that you would like to infuse into the drink, like the black elderberry flavour in my tutorial.
  4. Close the lid and place in full sun for at least four hours.  The longer it steeps in full sun, the stronger the flavour.
  5. When steeping is finished, bring it into the house, remove the tea bags (discard to the compost).
  6. Sweeten the tea to taste.
  7. Pour over ice cubes and enjoy.
  8. Refrigerate for a nice cool drink during hot summer days.

Watch us make it

Click on the image to see a quick YouTube tutorial.
Click to watch our quick YouTube tutorial.

What about you?

However you decide to make your sun tea, I’m sure you’ll love it and I encourage you to give it a try! Even if you downsize the recipe and only make a pint or quart at first, I’m pretty sure after you’ve perfected your own family recipe, you’ll be making gallons of it each summer, too.

Share your experience with us using #SunTea and tagging @parkerlings on your social media. If you have any questions, just ask, using the form below.