Herbed up Sun Tea

I love iced tea, but I get bored with plain ol’ tea.  I don’t like the prepackage ones because I don’t know what is in them – so I make my own in quart mason jars.  Then I get the variety I want and I can pack one in my lunch to take to work!

Sun tea

It’s pretty simple – 

What you need:

  • Quart Mason Jars
  • Tea bags (your choice)
  • Fresh herbs and/or fruit
  • Sugar or honey (optional)

How to Do it:

Place your choice of sweetener in the bottom of the jar.  Add herbs, being sure to crush them in your hand first to release the oils (if adding fruit, gently crush to release juices).  Place the tea bag in the jar and cover with hot tap water.  Place the lid on tight, give it a shake and let sit outside in the sun for 8-10 hours.


Refrigerate.  Remove the teabag, herbs and fruit before drinking.  Drink straight from the jar (what I do when I take it for lunch) or pour it in a glass full of ice.


Here are some really good combinations:

  • Green tea, lavender, honey
  • Green tea, peaches, rosemary, honey
  • Black tea, strawberries, basil, honey
  • Black tea, lime, thyme and sugar
  • Black tea, cinnamon stick, apple slices
  • Black tea, mint (I like chocolate mint), honey

Happy sipping!

Sun tea feature


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8 Responses to Herbed up Sun Tea

  1. Linda says:

    Iced tea in the summer is lovely. I love how you can create different flavors. I just found your blog and I am happily following on Google+ . I see you also have a link up party on Sundays. You are always welcome to share at Dishing It & Digging It.

  2. I can’t live without my sun tea! I need to try this one. Thanks Helen. Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week.

  3. My mom always made Sun tea when I was growing up. I love your idea of making it in mason jars and taking them for lunch! I’m going to try that for sure.

  4. Thank you for sharing at #WonderfulWednesday. I look forward to seeing you next week.

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