Catalina Citrus Sun Tea

Catalina Citrus Sun Tea

For a delightful citrus sun tea, simply set a pitcher of water with tea bags in a sunny spot, and within a few hours the clear water will turn a golden brown. Then, all that’s left to do is to swirl the bags, squeeze in the fresh fruit juices, and enjoy.–Sara Perry

Catalina Citrus Sun Tea

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  • 10 M
  • 3 H, 10 M
  • Serves 6 to 8
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  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup black tea leaves, or 9 to 12 tea bags
  • 4 cups (1 quart) cold water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 6-inch sprig mint
  • 2 cups fresh orange juice
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 peeled (white pith removed) and seeded orange, cut into thin pieces
  • Orange slices and mint leaves, for garnish


  • 1. In a 2-quart glass jar, combine the tea, water, sugar, and mint. Screw on the cap and shake gently. Place the jar in the sun in a warm location for 3 hours.
  • 2. Stir the orange juice and lemon juice into the tea mixture. Add the orange pieces and refrigerate for several hours. To serve, pour over ice, and garnish with orange slices and mint leaves.

Raspberry-Citrus Sun Tea Fizz

  • Follow the recipe for Citrus Sun Tea. Place 1 to 2 tablespoons raspberry syrup in a 10-ounce glass. Fill the glass one-third to one-half full with the chilled tea, and top with your favorite sparkling water. For a subtler taste, omit the syrup and add your favorite raspberry-flavored sparkling water.

Recipe Testers Reviews

When hot summer days call for a cool-weather beverage, reach for some Catalina Citrus Sun Tea. It’s like sunshine in a glass, with the pureness and authenticity of natural tea beaming through. You’ll see it as the tea leaves steep in the sun, changing the water to a rich, dark liquid, which lightens to an amber color when the citrus juices are added. Yes, this tea is a little light on sugar, but don’t let that stop you from trying it. Each sip leaves you quenched and refreshed. The citrus scents of orange and lemon that play against the full flavors of black tea and subtle notes of mint are captivating. It’s also a combination that just gets better and better as it sits for a couple of days. For a fizzy note, combine equal parts tea and ginger ale. Whatever your pleasure, go ahead and make this tea and let the sun work its magic.


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