Let Nature Take Its Course and Brew Up a Jug Of Sun Tea - A Southern Alternative to Sweet Tea

Simple and refreshing sun tea sounds good to me!  This tea is a cool and refreshing addition to your country cooking on a hot summer day.  You can get your family involved in making your next Sunday afternoon dinner drink, by having them brew up a jar of sun-tea.  It's too easy, this tea recipe practically makes itself.

Let nature take its course and the sun's rays will brew up this tea drink recipe in about 3 to 4 hours.  You only need to place tea bags in a jar, cover the jar with a lid, and then place the jar in direct sunlight.  Yes, this tea recipe is just that simple.

If you're feeling adventurous go ahead and harness the sun's energy by brewing up a jar of sun tea. Here is a simple recipe to work with.

Sun Tea Recipe

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 3 to 4 large tea bags, Lipton or Luzianne
  • 1 gallon glass jar with lid
  • sugar or honey to taste
  • water

Recipe Instructions:

  1. Fill the one gallon jar with fresh cold water. Add your tea bags and close the lid tightly. Place the jar outside in direct sunlight. It's best to place your jar in a protected area away from easy access.
  2. Now let the warmth of the sun's rays slowly brew your tea. Next steep the tea in water for 3-4 hours. Depending on how strong you want the tea to be you can leave the tea in direct sunlight all day long.
  3. The water will turn golden brown as the tea brews. Once the tea has strengthened to your liking remove it from the sunlight. Remove the tea bags from the tea. Sweeten tea to taste with honey or sugar. Place jar in the refrigerator and allow the tea to chill until it's cold enough to drink without ice cubes.

This recipe provided courtesy of https://www.soulfoodandsoutherncooking.com/

Serve your tea over ice. If desired serve with a slice of lemon. If you're outside during the summer, whether doing some yard work or your full time job take the time to stop for a moment and have a refreshing glass of team.  One word of caution, make sure nothing flammable is next to your tea jar. Enjoy your refreshing glass of iced tea.

Before you leave be sure to head over to our southern beverage drink page where you will find recipes for other popular drinks including pink lemonade, sweet tea and regular lemonade.