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This is a summer iced tea recipe I remember from years ago. It’s simple and makes a tea with a deep but not bitter flavour. You will need a clear large glass jar with a lid to make this, and it can only be made on a sunny day. It doesn’t matter if it is a very hot day but it should probably be at least 20° Celsius (68° Fahrenheit).



  • 3 teaspoons unblended black tea (I use Assam second flush)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • stevia to taste
  • water


Put the tea leaves in a large glass jar with a lid. Fill the jar with cold tap water. My jar holds three and a half liters of water; if yours holds more or less you can adjust the quantity of tea leaves and lemon juice accordingly.


Sun tea just after it was placed outside

Seal the jar and stick the jar outside in sunlight. Leave it for several hours (at least three) to steep the tea.

Sun tea after one hour in the sun


Sun tea after two hours of steeping

When the tea has steeped, strain out the tea leaves and add the lemon juice. Season with stevia or other sweetener to taste.

Completely steeped and ready to be strained

Place the tea somewhere cool, such as the basement. It will keep for about five days in a cool place, and about a week in the fridge.

The completed tea chilling in the basement


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