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Lemon-Lime Sun Tea

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Lemon-Lime Sun Tea is a simple Southern specialty. Take advantage of the summer sun and brew yourself a nice jug of fresh tea outside.
Lemon Lime Sun Tea


When I was a little girl, my parent’s house was much smaller than it is today. The back of the kitchen was the laundry room which was directly in front of the east facing back door. There were black iron steps that connected the back door to the back yard that Mom always had morning glories growing on. I loved getting up to go see them wide open first thing in the morning. Such pretty blue petals in the bright, early morning sunshine. Mom also had some of the most prolific pink dwarf fairy roses I have ever seen. Tiny little pink ones protected tiny little thorns. I remember one year that they bloomed right up to Thanksgiving! Mom has always been good at growing random things. Morning glories, roses, hostas and mint. The mint was everywhere. No one really knew what to do with it, but we had plenty!

The one thing Mom always made a lot of was mint sun tea. I can see it now, sitting in a big glass pickle jar on the railing of the old black iron back stairs with the morning glories just opening up and the sunlight streaming through.
The stairs, roses and morning glories are gone now. They were replaced with an extra 800 square feet of space, but the mint is still there and so is the early morning sunshine. And I think, on occasion, Mom still makes sun tea.

I ,oddly enough, don’t have any mint growing at my house. I wish I did. I do have plenty of lemons and limes in the fridge. Add some mint to this if you have it. Oranges are good too. And a big jar is preferable, but you can make it in a quart jar then add more water when it is done, like me.

Hey Mom…I need one of your big pickle jars. 

Lemon Lime Sun Tea

Lemon-Lime Sun Tea

Take advantage of the summer sun and brew a nice jug of fresh tea!
Prep Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours
Course: beverage
Cuisine: beverage
Servings: 2 quarts
Calories: 13kcal
Author: jodiemo


  • 1/2 lemon sliced
  • 1/2 lime sliced
  • 2 quarts of water
  • 3-4 tea bags


  • Add everything to your clear glass jar. Put lid on and set in a sunny spot outside for a couple hours or until the tea is "brewed" to your liking. Serve cold over ice and enjoy!


Calories: 13kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. I used to made that type of ice tea when I was a kid. That just brings back the best memories. Great recipe.

  2. morning glories and sun tea – now both of these bring back memories too … hey, I could use one of those big jars too…

  3. I live for the day my 13-month old gets past this separation anxiety stage… wrapping her little arms around my legs like a python, with tears streaming down her face… and I can once again sit at the counter and enjoy a glass of real iced tea.
    Recently discovered your blog (read while at work, no time to get on the computer otherwise) and am especially enjoying your family's original recipes. Thanks!

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Jodie is a wife, mom, writer and lover of chickens and gardens. She runs her family's winery by day and cooks and writes by night.

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