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Pineapple Cranberry Sun Tea

Do you remember how to make sun tea? Making sun tea takes me back to when I was a kid. I remember wondering how in the world tea bags in a jar sitting outside made tea. But this isn’t a recipe for plain ole’ tea.  We are making Pineapple Cranberry Sun Tea. This sweet tea is fruity, light and refreshing. Perfect for a sunny day.

How to Make Sun Tea | Pineapple Cranberry Sun Tea

How to Make Sun Tea …Pineapple Cranberry flavored. 🙂

If you have never heard of sun tea, or don’t know how to make sun tea, you are in for a Southern treat.

So easy to make, sun tea is a mild flavored tea brewed in a glass jug in the sun.

Tea bags in the bottom of a glass jug

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First step is to remove all paper tags and strings from your tea bags. Place your tea bags in the bottom of a glass jug. I prefer the ones with the tap to make serving so much easier.

We used 10 small tea bags for each gallon.

(The recipe at the bottom of the post is per gallon. Our images show a 2 gallon batch by doubling the recipe.)

If you want your tea stronger, use more tea bags.  There is no exact science of how to make sun tea. It is all up to you.

A clear glass jug with tea bags sitting in the hot sun

Be sure to place your container directly in sunlight. If the spot gets shady, move the jug back into the sun.

Sunlight shining through a glass jug of sun tea

After a few hours of sitting in the sunshine, your sun tea will be ready to drink. Be sure to spoon out the tea bags first.

A girl scooping tea bags out of a jug of sun tea

If you want regular sun tea, you can stop right now. Drink it unsweetened or add sugar and lemon for a perfect glass.

For a lightly sweet fruit tea, we stirred in a cranberry pineapple juice blend. Our ratio was 3 parts tea, 1 part juice.

We used the new Cranberry Pineapple juice blend from Ocean Spray, but feel free to use your favorite.  (Not sponsored!)

Cranberry pineapple juice next to a container of sun tea

If you like you tea a little sweeter, add sugar. (Most Southerners learn how to make sun tea with sugar, of course.)

A scoop of sugar being poured into a jug of sun tea

Serve your Pineapple Cranberry Sun Tea over ice. So pretty and refreshing. Lightly flavored with pineapple and cranberry flavors, this sun tea recipe will be a hit with your family and friends.

A sparkling glass of sun tea over ice

How to Make Sun Tea
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How to Make Sun Tea - Pineapple Cranberry Flavored

Get our easy step-by-step guide on how to make sun tea. Plus we flavored ours with pineapple cranberry juice for an extra burst of summer flavor. Refreshing and lightly sweet.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 51 kcal
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For ONE gallon of Sun Tea (our photos in this post is this recipe doubled)

  • 10 small tea bags
  • 3 quarts cold water
  • 1 quart pineapple cranberry juice blend
  • 1/2 cup white sugar** optional

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  1. Remove the strings and tags from the tea bags. Place into the bottom of a gallon container.
  2. Add 3 quarts of water and cover. Place the sun tea container into bright sun light. Move it as needed to keep it in full sun.
  3. Leave it in the sun for about 4 hours.
  4. Add the juice blend and stir. Stir in sugar (if desired) until dissolved. Serve over ice. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
How to Make Sun Tea - Pineapple Cranberry Flavored
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 51
% Daily Value*
Sodium 10mg0%
Potassium 45mg1%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 5.5mg7%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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