It’s summertime, and the sun is scorching. Is anything better than sipping a refreshing glass of sun tea? Just as enjoyable to make as it is to drink, sun tea doesn’t require boiling water like regular tea. Simply add water and tea bags to a glass jar, let it steep in the sun, and the tea is ready to enjoy in a few hours! Once your tea is ready, you can add a twist for delicious flavor with herbs from your garden. 


Herbal Infused Sun Tea Recipes 

You can choose any black tea or herbal tea for your homemade sun tea, but black tea is most common. Traditionally, tea is sweetened with sugar cane or brightened with fruit from your garden, but these recipes rely on herbs to flavor things up! With combinations like peach and thyme, watermelon and mint, and strawberry and basil, you will be drooling for more of your herb and fruit-infused sun tea. Here are some of our favorite combinations: 

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Peach and Thyme 

Peaches and thyme are always delicious! With this combination of flavors, you can pair it with any sun tea recipe using black, green, and white teas. The fresh taste of thyme balances the sweetness to create a refreshing summer beverage to be enjoyed by all. Your only regret will be not making more! 


Strawberry and Basil 

During the Mississippi summers, when the sun is hot, and the strawberries are plentiful, there is no better time to try out this sun tea recipe! Basil may sound weird as an ingredient in this recipe initially, but don’t let that scare you off. Its delicious twist complements the fruity flavors of strawberries. Watermelon, lemons, oranges, mangoes, and other stone fruits also pair exceptionally well with basil.

Pine Hills Nursery -Elevate Your Sun Tea-watermelon and mint sun tea

Watermelon and Mint 

Does anything scream summertime like a big juicy watermelon? Even if you don’t have one growing in your backyard, you’ll want to visit your grocery store for this delicious recipe. With your watermelon, fresh mint, and black tea, throw in some honey to take your sun tea game to the next level! With mint and watermelon, you’ll get both a refreshing taste and an eye-catching pitcher.


Blackberry and Lemon Balm 

Turn up your sun tea with a hint of sour with this blackberry and lemon balm sun tea this summer! It will tickle your taste buds and quench your thirst all at once. The blackberries add a sweet touch to compliment the citrus, making it a perfect low-calorie alternative to lemonade. 

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Rosemary and Pear 

With a mild aesthetic touch of rosemary to complement the delicate sweetness of pear, this herb-infused sun tea is sure to make you drool. Rosemary-infused tea is also known to have significant health benefits; it can boost mood, brain health, and eye health just by inhaling its aroma. 

Saffron and Orange 

Citrusy and floral, this is one of the best on the list. Oranges are full of antioxidants and vitamin C, and the citrus tones and honey pair perfectly alongside saffron to create a delicious and tangy sun tea recipe. Sweet, heady, musky, unique, and delicious! 

The low-temperature extraction of sun tea creates a delicious taste you cannot find in any other beverage. Pair it with any of the herb and fruit combinations on this list, and you will have a pitcher of irresistible sun tea perfect for any summer occasion. We promise!


Visit Pine Hills Nursery in Pass Christian, Mississippi, today to explore all the gorgeous heat-tolerant annuals, perennials, herbs, and other garden delights ready for summer! 


Rachel Bond

Rachel Bond

I grew up around our family garden center, Pine Hills Nursery while attending Mississippi State University and studying Horticulture. Now I work there full-time and love it!


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