We drink quite a bit of iced tea in my house, especially since I gave up drinking pop! We really love the flavor teas! I typically by Celestial Seasonings Tea which can be found at Whole Foods, Target, Krogers and just about any grocery store.
I make tea syrups ahead of time and keep them on hand. Tea syrups are super easy to make!!
I use glass mason jars and typically make 4 tea syrups at a time, which last us about 2-3 days. Here are the super easy steps to follow to make tea syrups!
Step One: Bring water to a boil. You want to boil enough water to dill as many jars as you are using. Typically I have 3-4 glass mason jars that I am making at once. If I am hosting a party or anything I typically make about 8.
Step Two: Place tea bags in each mason jar. I have a two quart pitcher that we always have full of tea. For a 2 quart pitcher I use 3 tea bags. When I make a gallon pitcher I use 7 tea bags. The amount of tea bags can be adjusted depending on the strength of tea you like.
Step Three: Fill each jar with water once the water comes to a boil
Step Four: Allow the mixture to cool to room temp before placing the lid on the jar. This will prevent the jar from sealing. Once cool store in the fridge. The tea syrups are good for about 5 days.
To Make Tea From Tea Syrups:
Once the tea syrups are made it is super easy to make iced tea. I dump the tea syrup into a pitcher and then fill the pitcher with water! Make sure you strain out the tea bags! This comes as a huge time saver for us. We go through quite a bit of iced tea, especially if guests are over and we do not have to wait for water to boil in between.
***To make sweat tea just add your sugar to the boiling water in step one. If I am making tea syrups for two quart pitchers I use 1/2 cup of sugar per syrup and 1 cup for gallon pitchers.***
I stock up on our favorite teas when they are on sale. The last time Celestial Seasonings Tea had coupons out for $1.00 off per box I bought 40 boxes of tea. ( I bought 40 $1.00/1 coupons on ebay for $0.99) At that time Target also had the tea on sale for $1.49 per box.
After coupons I paid about $0.03 per tea bag ( $0.49 per box!) so a pitcher of tea at my house is costing about $0.09 for 2 quart pitcher or $0.21 per gallon pitcher! So approximately $0.72 per week!
A 20 oz bottle of soda is well over a dollar and a two liter is at least $1.50. We save a ton of money by skipping the soda, plus we are not drinking any artificial sweeteners!!!
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