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Libre Tea glasses are exceptionally versatile. Whether you like your tea steaming hot, chilled with ice, or gently warmed by the sun, the Libre makes it a simple matter to brew your favorite tea with minimal hassle. In this article, we’ll explore how you can very easily make iced tea or sun tea with your Libre Tea glass.

Making Sun Tea

Libre Mug waterSun tea is probably the easiest way to make tea one could imagine – although it requires patience and most of all, sunlight! With summer 2015 approaching fast, it’s the perfect time to get in gear to enjoy some sun tea. Because the tea leaves and water are warmed gently by the sun, they impart a different flavor to the resulting brew – less bitter, maybe “lighter” in flavor. I find it makes some teas a bit more floral. My favorite selection for sun tea is classic English Breakfast Teas.

Making sun tea in the Libre is a breeze. Simply follow the normal instructions for loading the Libre with tea of your choice and cold water, and leave it in a sunny spot! Best results will definitely be achieved outdoors, although if you have a particularly sunny window that can work too. How long it will take depends on how you prefer your tea and the intensity of the sunlight, so try experimenting with different duration to see what produces the best results for you! Generally at least 4-6 hours in good sunlight is a good baseline.

Loading your tea into the filter and inverting the Libre might be the best bet if you plan to store your sun tea for later use. It can become bitter if the leaves are left in the tea for too long, and the process of making sun tea means they will be in contact for a long time no matter what

sun teaOnce you’ve got your sun tea, it is a perfect candidate for making into iced tea! The moderate temperature of the sun tea lends it well to cooling quickly, so just pop some ice into your Libre or toss the whole thing into the fridge until its chilled.

Making Iced Tea with the Libre

If you’ve already made sun tea, you’re more or less ready to have iced tea. But if you plan to make iced tea without the aid of the sun, there are a few easy ways to get iced tea with the help of your Libre.

All you really need to do is make tea as you would normally with your Libre and then chill the results! There are two options for chilling your ice tea: either by putting ice into the bottle, or by putting the bottle into a fridge. If your opting for the first method, fill the glass with brewed tea leaving space for ice cubes, add ice cubes – it’s easy with Libres wide mouth –and enjoy. You may want to make the tea a little stronger than usual if you plan to use ice as the ice will further dilute the brew.

infused water 2Whether you are chilling with ice or in the fridge, you’ll want to wait awhile after you first make the tea to let it cool down before adding ice or putting it into the fridge. Especially if you use boiling water, the heat will instantly melt any ice and diminish its chilling effect, or raise the temperature of your fridge substantially, running up your bill and possibly even spoiling some goods.

Cold Brews

One of my favorite types of tea is a South American brew called mate. Mate is actually best made (in my opinion) through “cold brew” techniques, where no heat is used. I simply soak the loose leaves in cold or room temperature water for many hours or even days. The result is a delicious (and highly caffeinated – depending on brewing length) tea which gives me a great boost throughout the day.

Cold brew techniques can be used on many types of tea and even coffee. Investigate if your favorite tea is a selection for cold brew!

Stay Hydrated!

Tea is a great to start the day off with a kick, sip throughout the day and help you stay hydrated! There is no substitute for drinking water, but tea is a very close second. For more on the importance of staying hydrated, check out the Hydration Anywhere feature “The Importance of Drinking Water.”

Author Jacob Hatch. For more from Jacob on all things hydration and water related, check out the Hydration Anywhere blog.

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Comments (36)

  1. Noreen


    I love making sun tea, I save a large glass jar and add 4 to 5 times the amount of loose tea for a cup and add 1 of a flavored tea, last year peach was a favorite.

  2. Carla


    I just love unsweetened tea with cucumber slices and smashed mint leaves. I could drink it as my only beverage all day long.

  3. andrea amy


    i’ve never made sun tea before. I do like a nice black tea mixed with a bit of sugar and served over ice though 🙂

  4. Alana Vester


    I’ve never made sun tea but my mother used to when I was younger. I remember watching her out tea bags in the jar and helping her sit it outside. I was always the first one to get a glass. 🙂

  5. Vilma Pacheco


    I have not tried sun tea yet simply because I’m too impatient to wait that long. I want to enjoy my tea within a few minutes not hours. I may try it and see if I can wait that long.

  6. Michael Moreno


    Love the smoothness of sun tea. Helps mellow my day and relax.

  7. loriag


    It has been years since I made sun tea. I would use black tea with lemon.

  8. Wendy janzen


    Love combining green tea with fruity tisanes, so good for a cool drink on a hot day.

  9. Amanda Alvarado


    I haven’t tried sun tea but it sounds interesting! I like a Raspberry iced tea though – base tea doesn’t matter as long as it’s raspberry flavored and I like to add a little mint in it!

  10. Nicole Sender


    I just use my favorite tea and water! The sun does the work!

  11. Garnet Leib


    Haven’t tried Sun Tea yet, but I would love to try a blend of Raspberry orange

  12. Rachael


    Going to try making sun tea with some silver needles I have used to make excellent cold brew…interested to compare the two.

  13. Julianne


    I haven’t ever made sun tea as I seem to recall reading a food safety article that warned against it.

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    I looove making iced hibiscus tea and is freaking delicious when mixed with lemonade. Add a sprig of fresh mint and you have your own little bit of summer paradise 😛

  15. Michelle G


    I use green tea and lemon slices and a bit of the lemon juice. Tastes delicious with lots of ice

  16. amy guillaume linderman


    i love sun tea made with fresh rhubarb and raspberries from my garden

  17. Amy C.


    I don’t have a specific recipe to share, but I do remember my mom making big jugs of sun tea when I was growing up. I had forgotten all about that!

  18. Amanda B.


    I’ve heard that sun tea wasn’t a great thing to ingest but I remember making it as a child. It was just black tea bags in a glass jug. Still a great memory.

  19. amy tolley


    i put my tea out in the am in the early sun with my tea bags let it brew til colored bring it inside and add pureed strawberries and sugar with floating strawberries and ice yummy!!! the best tea ever also do this with rasberries but i strain them both to remove the seeds…ty for this great chance

  20. Lisa Cory


    My favorite ice tea is to steep green tea add pomegranate syrup and ice.

  21. Tammy


    I just put plain black tea bags in a glass jar in the sun all day. Then add lemon once it’s brewed.

  22. Michele T


    I still have not found the best iced tea recipe and believe me, I have tried!! A funny story to share is that my son pestered me for my recipe and bragged to his friends how it was the best. At long last I gave him the ingredients (a store bought crystal brand) and he still would not believe that I didn’t use a home made recipe!! We still laugh over that one!!

  23. Cassandra Eastman


    I love Strawberry Lemon Sun Tea! 1 lemon, 5 strawberries, a family size tea bag, water and sunshine!

  24. Bry Beverley M.


    My husband is always making sun tea. He even bought a cute glass barrel for steeping in the sun. Every summer you can bet he has a fresh glass of sun tea with a spring of mint or a splash of fresh lemon..

  25. Kathleen M Smith


    Have not made sun tea in decades, used black tea and drank it unsweetened. I think that it would be delicious infused with berries.

  26. debi puga


    I love tea…I make sun tea all the tine, always putting different fruit in while it steeps. My favorites are strawberry and lemon.Awesome taste!!!

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