Homemade sun tea spells summertime for me. I think I started my first batch as early as April this year. I really enjoy drinking tea but it wasn’t until last summer that I realized I had not had homemade sun tea since a child. And really, I didn’t as a child. I just remember my parents making it and seeing that big jar sitting in the full sun on the sidewalk. I had to experience this first-hand as an adult.
The biggest hurdle to make your own homemade sun tea, you will find, is finding a good container. Here are my tips and how I make it. I’m still on the hunt for a better container, but for now what has worked for me are the large glass containers Hartzler milk comes in. I purchased the milk from Earth Fare. Usually you return the container for money back, it goes back to the facility and they reuse the bottle. Instead I’m reusing the bottles myself.
How to Make Homemade Sun Tea
- Find your perfect container. It should be glass. I would prefer a glass or maybe metal lid. Mine is plastic. If you have the cash to spring for something check out this self-dispensing sun tea container on Amazon.
- Fill your container with water, almost to the brim. I use distilled.
- Add several black tea bags. More bags for stronger brew, fewer for weaker brew. I usually use five bags in a 1-gallon container. I like a stronger brew but I add a lot of ice to my glass when I drink it.
- Put the lid on your container with the tea bag strings/tags hanging on the outside.
- Place the container in a location with full sun. I typically sit mine out around noon, if possible.
- Let the container sit for about 4 hours.
- Bring your container inside. Remove the tea bags and refrigerate your mix to cool it down.
- After it has ample time to cool, pour a glass of tea over ice.
- Garnish with lemon or mint leaves, if desired. Enjoy!
I love learning how to make items that can be purchased at the store. Something about the process of making this homemade brew and enjoying it screams summer!
Please Note: I’ve read mixed reviews on shelf life for homemade sun tea. I try to drink mine within a few days of making it. Also, clean the bottle thoroughly between uses.