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Sun Tea Recipes

Updated: Jun 3, 2023

Learn how to make sun tea and enjoy some refreshing Summer tea recipes!

Sun tea is the perfect, refreshing drink for hot summer days. Using nature's natural warm day to brew a great cup of tea is actually pretty simple, as long as you do it properly. The main difference is that sun tea requires using room temperature water, which could raise some risks if handled improperly.

Why Sun Tea

Going for the brewing method of sun tea rather than the traditional steeping method consistently keeps the water at room temperature. You won't risk burning your tea leaves this way because the sun will heat the water gradually. The water never reaches a boiling point throughout the process and makes for a smoother-tasting iced tea.

Sun Tea

Prep Time: 5 minutes Additional Time: 4 hours Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Servings: 16 Cups


  • 4 to 6 tbsp. of the tea of your choice

*Catalyst Tea Company recommends Citrus Bliss, Crimson Sunset, and Inner Glow

  • 1 gallon of water

  • Sweetener of your choice

  • Lemon slices


  1. Sterilize a large glass jar that can hold at least a gallon of water.

  2. Add water and tea to the jar.

  3. Set on a sturdy table or stool in direct sunlight for 1 to 4 hours. Do not exceed 4 hours in the sun.

  4. Strain your tea out of the brew.

  5. Set tea in the refrigerator to cool down.

  6. Serve over ice with your choice of sweetener and lemon slices.

Tea Time

Catalyst Tea Company wants to hear from you! What kinds of drinks do you like to enjoy during the Summer season? Let us know in the comments below!

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