How to Brew Sun Tea

Summer has arrived! For a light and refreshing alternative to your typical iced tea, try this easy recipe to brew sun tea using your favorite Community® Porch Breeze® tea.

Serving: 8 (8-ounce) servings
Difficulty: 1
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 3-5 hours


Sun Tea IngredientsSun Brewed Tea:
  • 2-quart pitcher or a glass jar
  • 12 Community® individual size tea bags or 2-3 Community® Porch Breeze® signature iced tea bags in decaf or regular
  • 8 cups of water, room temperature
  • A piece of cloth large enough to cover the opening of the pitcher or jar
  • A rubber band
  • An area with good exposure to the sun (ex: windowsill or deck)
  • 2-3 cups of ice
  • 1-2 lemons, sliced (optional)
Simple Sugar (optional)
  • Saucepan
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Bottle or container

Sun Brewed Tea:

Before you begin, make sure the pitcher or jar you’re using for the tea is sterilized and clean. If possible, run it through a dishwasher.

Next, pour room temperature water into the container along with the Community® tea bags.

To keep out unwanted particles in your tea, cover the container by placing the piece of cloth on top and securing it with the rubber band. If you use something else besides cloth, it’s important not to cover it too tightly or pressure will build up within the container.

Place the container in an area with good exposure to the sun where the tea can steep for about three hours.

After this time, you’ll notice the tea will be fairly dark. If you want to make it stronger, leave the container out for an additional one to two hours maximum.

Once your tea’s strength is to your liking, remove the tea bags.

Use simple syrup (see directions below) or slices of lemon to sweeten the tea.

Serve your sun-brewed tea over ice and voilà! You have successfully made Community coffee sun brewed tea.

Simple Syrup:

If you would like to sweeten your tea with something other than lemon, try making simple syrup while your tea steeps.

On low heat, combine equal parts granulated sugar and water in a large saucepan.

Stir the mixture constantly until the sugar has dissolved.

After the mixture has cooled, pour the syrup into a bottle and place in the refrigerator until needed.

If you’re looking to add a little more zest to your sun tea, use one of the combinations below:

Watermelon and basil:

Slice watermelon into small triangles or chunks.

Once you have removed your tea bags from the tea, mix in the watermelon, fresh basil leaves (to taste), and the simple syrup (if using).

Serve over ice and garnish with a fresh basil leaf.

Mint and sliced limes or oranges:

While the tea is steeping in the sun, mix in mint leaves (to taste).

When the tea has steeped enough, remove tea bags and mint leaves.

Mix in the simple syrup or a 1/4 cup of honey.

Slice one lime or orange in half. Take one of the halves and squeeze its juice into the tea. Slice the remaining fruit and mix well.

Garnish each glass with a sprig of mint and serve over ice.

Strawberries or raspberries:

In a food processor or blender, blend between 1 - 1 1/2 cups of fresh or frozen strawberries or raspberries until smooth. Strain the mixture if you wish to remove the berry seeds from the iced tea.

Stir the berry mixture into the sun brewed tea and garnish each glass with a fresh berry or mint leaf and serve over ice.