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Raspberry Sun Tea

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Raspberry sun tea is a nice beverage addition to a cookout, backyard barbecue, pool party or to take on a picnic. Just plan to make it early or a day in advance of your event. Or just make a pitcher to keep in the fridge for a lazy afternoon relaxing on your porch.

A glass of raspberry sun tea on a railing with an American flag in the background.

Growing up, in the south, my Mom always made sun tea. Back then there weren’t all of the wonderful flavors there are today. I had some leftover loose raspberry tea so I decided to use it up and make some raspberry sun tea. My kids thought it was pretty neat to brew tea using the sun.

Living in Florida there is no better way to cool off after working in the yard than with a refreshing glass of iced tea.

My husbands favorite flavor, for just about anything, is raspberry so I grabbed that loose tea and got to work. 

Brew up raspberry sun tea for sipping poolside.

I steeped my tea for the full 5 hours, basically because I almost forgot about it on my back porch. He usually likes his tea sweetened but this is so full of delicious raspberry flavor that he decided to leave it unsweet.

Cool off with a refreshing glass of raspberry sun tea.

Raspberry Sun Tea

Raspberry Sun Tea

Yield: 1 gallon
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Sun Brewing Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes

Cool off with a refreshing glass of raspberry sun tea.


  • ½ ounce loose raspberry tea (I used Adagio Raspberry, A Black Tea)
  • 1 gallon cold water
  • Cheese cloth
  • Sweetener, if desired
  • Fresh raspberries for garnish


  1. In a square of cheese cloth place the loose raspberry tea. Tie up into a ball using bakers twine, leaving enough twine to hang over side of pitcher. Fill a gallon pitcher with one gallon of cold water. Place cheese cloth with tea in pitcher, leaving extra twin hanging over the side. Cover pitcher loosely with lid making sure you catch the excess twine in the lid so the tea ball doesn't sink, but is fully submerged.
  2. Place pitcher in sun for 3 - 5 hours, moving as necessary to keep it in the sun.
  3. After steeping in the sun, remove tea ball and refrigerate.
  4. Serve over ice with sweetener, if desired. Garnish with fresh raspberries.


It's best to use a pitcher with a lid.

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Summer Picnic Fare Round-Up • Family Around the Table

Sunday 16th of July 2017

[…] start with a refreshing beverage for a summer picnic, raspberry sun tea I made last month. I remember my Mom also making sun tea as a kid. While you do have to plan […]


Friday 30th of June 2017

Yum, love raspberry tea! I haven't made sun tea since I was a girl scout... gotta try it again!

Teri @ The Freshman Cook

Thursday 29th of June 2017

I love using the raspberry! Such a great idea! I haven't made tea in a long time. Now you have motivated me!

Wendy Klik

Thursday 29th of June 2017

Sun tea is the perfect summer treat Ellen, thanks for sharing.


Thursday 29th of June 2017

Sun tea is definitely such a Southern thing to do! I brew mine that way all the time! Love the raspberry idea! Gorgeous and so refreshing sounding. P~

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