My Sun Tea Recipe

A photo of hibiscus sun tea steeping by a window.

Today I’m sharing my favorite summertime beverage recipe—it’s called Sun Tea. This tea is not only delicious, it’s packed with tons of antioxidants and has a ton of other health benefits! As a cancer survivor health and wellness are extremely important to me and I’m always looking for ways to incorporate good ingredients into my routine.

I love making this tea in the summertime as it’s the perfect beverage to enjoy during afternoon tea in the steamy Las Vegas heat!

The main ingredient in the tea is dried rose hip tea and here are just some of the many health benefits associated with rose hip tea.

1. Rich in Vitamin C: Rose hip tea is loaded with vitamin C, essential for boosting the immune system. It’s a natural way to keep common colds and flu at bay.

2. Anti-inflammatory Properties: The anti-inflammatory effect of rose hip tea can ease arthritis pain and reduce inflammation in the body.

3. Supports Digestive Health: With its natural fibers, rose hip tea promotes a healthy digestive system, aiding in regularity and preventing constipation.

4. Skin Health: The antioxidants in rose hip tea help in rejuvenating the skin, providing a youthful glow.

5. Weight Loss Support: Being low in calories, it’s an excellent addition to a weight loss regimen, helping you stay hydrated without adding extra calories.

6. Heart Health: Regular consumption of rose hip tea may lead to improved cardiovascular health by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

In addition to the rosehip, I also like to add dried hibiscus flower into the tea as well. Hibiscus tea, known for its deep red color and tangy taste, is not just refreshing but also brimming with health benefits. From lowering blood pressure to boosting liver health, hibiscus tea is also Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C which supports the immune system and promotes overall wellness.

Adding Mint

Fresh mint is packed with numerous health benefits. For starters, it’s rich in antioxidants—see a pattern here?! 🙂 From soothing digestive issues to relieving headaches and reducing stress, mint tea is a natural remedy for various ailments.

 As you can see, this is just the perfect tea time beverage during the Spring and Summer months. If you try it, I’d love to hear what you think of it!


  • 4 Tablespoons of black tea tied in a square of cheesecloth (muslin)
  • 3-4 Tablespoons dried rose hips or dried hibiscus flowers (or a mixture of both)
  • 3-4 fresh sprigs of mint
  • 1 lemon, cut into slices
  • Lemon slice and mint sprigs for garnish
  • Place Tea , rose hips/ hibiscus flowers, mint and lemon into a large 16 cup clear glass jug (128 fl oz). Fill with cool water, cover, and place in a sunny spot for 2-3 hours, or until the tea is a rich color.
  • Strain and serve over ice, garnish with lemon and mint and enjoy!
  • MAKES 14-16 CUPS

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