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How to make sun tea the delicious and easy way

Time travel suddenly becomes cool again when you’re sipping on a refreshing glass of vintage 1970s sun tea on a hot afternoon. Made only with the heat of the sun and a little bit of patience, this super-simple sun tea might become your new favorite summertime drink.

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1970s summer sun tea recipe


  • At least 5 tea bags black tea (Add more depending on how large your container is and how strong you like your tea.)
  • A large glass container with a lid
  • At least 4 cups distilled water
  • 2 – 4 hours direct sunlight


  1. Gather your tea bags and water, wash out your glass container, and find a sunny windowsill or spot on your porch to create your concoction.
  2. Pour the water into the glass container, then add the tea bags, and secure the lid. Place the container in direct sunlight for 2 – 4 hours, and allow the tea to steep; it all depends on how strong you like your brew! However, make sure you don’t exceed 4 hours — you don’t want bacteria to grow in the water.
  3. Take the container out of the sun, and allow it to cool a little before you put it in the fridge. When your brew has chilled to your satisfaction, serve it over ice, and enjoy with friends. Feeling fancy or creative? Garnish with a lemon twist or a slice of orange, and sweeten with your favorite sugar.

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Updated by Bethany Ramos on 2/27/16

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