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How to Make Sun Tea


Make this summer staple with your family a tradition for warm sunny days.


  • 1/2 to 1 cup of granulated sugar (to taste)
  • 64 oz boiling hot water
  • 56 bags of tea
  • 11/2 gallon glass canning jar


  1. In a 1/2 gallon glass canning jar, add 1/2 to 1 full cup of granulated sugar, to taste.
  2. Heat tea kettle with water until boiling and fill your jar nearly full to the neck (approximately 64 oz). Using a wooden spoon or spurtle, mix the sugar water until the sugar fully dissolves.
  3. Unwrap and add 5 to 6 bags of tea (I prefer the basic Lipton tea), making sure to hang the strings + tags over the edge of the jar so they don’t fall in completely.
  4. Give it another swirl with the spoon and allow to steep for at least 2 hours in full sunlight. Bring inside and discard the tea bags, mixing again with wooden spoon until fully combined. You’ll notice the color of your tea is now much darker.
  5. Pour over a glass of ice and enjoy! Screw the lid on your jar and refrigerate the remaining tea to store.