I often mention that we don’t drink milk, juice or pop very often. Instead we drink lots and lots of water. I’ve gone into the details of just how good this is for you HERE. But I also keep two flavored drinks on hand when we are all wanting something sweet.
I have two gallon size pitchers that I make Lemonade and Iced Tea in and keep them in the fridge for weekly drinking. The cost is a fraction of what it would cost me to buy prepared juice or bottled drinks.
1 gallon of Lemonade - 2 cups sugar, 2 cups lemon juice concentrate, 14 cups water
If you have a smaller pitcher just cut this in half.
1 gallon Iced Tea - Put 12 tea bags in the bottom of your pitcher. Pour 4 cups boiling water over the top and let steep for 15 minutes. Remove the tea bags without squeezing them. Add 12 cups cold water and refrigerate.
We all have different sweetness levels so we add our sugar when we pour the tea into our glass.
Baumbe asked me:
How do you make your iced tea? I like the lipton green tea individual water mix ins, and use them during the day when I am at work. I get them at Walmart, but they are still expensive. Any idea where I could get "green tea powder" and make my own?
The great thing about making your own iced tea is that you can change up the flavor. I’ve used green tea bags, chai, chamomile, orange spice…all kinds of flavors with great success. Then I sweeten it to my taste and put it in my portable water bottle.
The stuff in those mix-ins is probably laden with all kinds of nasty chemicals. So by making it yourself you’re not only saving money but you’re putting something healthier in your body.