Monday, May 27, 2013

sun tea

When I heard the idea of sun tea I was immediately intrigued. For someone who spends a lot of time outside in the yard it sounded like the perfect treat after a few hours in the garden. I was intrigued by all the options to this lovely drink and all the places I would love to have it! Put together a jar before you head to the pool and about the time you are getting parched its ready! I could take a jar to work in the morning I could leave it out in the sun and when I am starting to drag it is ready and waiting for me.

Sun tea is an amazing way to use up those stray herbs you may have leftover after cooking. I just bought lots of mint and lavender so I am thinking of so many concoctions I can make just with the herbs on my front porch! Here is how you can whip up a batch of delicious sun tea on your own.

Sun Tea
Adapted from Free People

A Glass Jar with a Lid
Tea of your choice
Fresh Herbs
Distilled Water

1. Sterilize your jar by washing it well with soap and water.

2. Cut your lemon into slices. Add lemon slices and herbs to each jar.

3. Add the tea bags to the jar and fill it to the top with distilled water. I opted to use more tea bags than less knowing I could always dillute it later (3-4 bags per 24oz jar).

4. Set the jar out in direct sunlight for at least 2 hours. The higher the temperature and brighter the sun the faster the tea will be ready.

5. Check your jars after a few hours. The darker the color of the tea the stronger it will be. I left mine out in 75-80 degree weather for 5 hours and it was perfect for me.

The tea can be stored for 3-5 days in the fridge and feel free to add honey for a bit of sweetness!


  1. Woah! This is definitely awesome. I didn't realize that you literally meant sun tea when I first read the title of the post! I love how the sun does the work for you :)sounds refreshing for warm days ahead with a few ice cubes thrown in the mix!

    1. I know! I think I am way to spoiled by all the contraptions in my kitchen and forget the simpler things in life way to often! I hope you give it a try!

  2. This is perfect to bring with me on my work days at the organic farm! Thank you for this!

    1. I'm so glad to hear that! And so jealous you get to work on a farm! Jim and I dream of starting a farm one day.