Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Brew your own iced tea for just $0.15

[post by Jon]

I feel kind of silly even typing this out. This recipe is so simple any explanation will just be meandering so I'll just get right to it.

  1. Combine boiling water with 3 teabags in a large cup (8-10oz)
  2. Let this cup sit overnight.
  3. In the morning pour this super strong tea into a 2L pitcher.
  4. Fill with cold filtered water.
  5. Stir and remove teabags.
  6. Optional - squeeze half a lemon into the tea.
  7. Add a few teaspoons of simple syrup to each glass you pour.

There are a few things great about this recipe.
  • You can use any kind of tea. Your favorite green, herbal, black etc.
  • Inexpensive. Tea is very cheap especially when bought in large boxes. 3 teabags makes it cost only $0.15 per jug.
  • If you regularly drink hot tea as we do in the morning or after dinner, the tea bags can go in the iced tea pitcher instead of straight to the garbage. Add water each time you do.
  • Make it a sweet as you like. Holly likes her tea way sweeter than I do, the simple syrup allows us to make each glass just how we like and there are no granules.
I don't like to add the lemon to the jug because it gets more bitter after a few days in the fridge and can't refill the jug as consistently.

1 comment:

  1. We do this! With frozen juice (the real juice) now being almost $2 / can for apple or orange, we've switched to making our own iced tea about 2 months ago, and sweeten it with Stevia. Cheap ... and the kids love it. We also drink a lot of hot tea. I figure that with 3 children (we were all big fruit juice drinkers) we are saving easily $50-80 per month.