One of the simple pleasures I remember from my childhood is iced tea. My mom would make sun tea on our back patio and it was such a delight! I can remember watching it brew and then the delicious taste that I equated with goodness coming straight from the sun!
I feel like this is something I need to bring back into my life since we have so many commercial iced teas around now. Last summer, when McDonald's was advertising $1 Mickey D's Sweet Tea, my kids fell in love with it. With it's styrofoam cup, I was not loving it. I thought about all of the bottles, mostly plastic now, that are being thrown away with each sip of store-bought bottled tea and how much could be saved, financially and environmentally, by making our own.
Here's a link I found to a sweet tea recipe that is close to McDonald's, if that's what you like:
The recipe I use is so simple, but it makes me happy every time I make it:
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add 2 family-size tea bags or 5-6 regular tea bags. Turn off heat and set timer for 3 minutes. Add 2 more cups of water and squeeze (& compost) tea bags. Add 1 TB local honey, 1 squeeze fresh lemon, 1/2 c. sugar (more or less to taste). Stir. Add 2 more cups of water & stir. Makes 2 quarts.
Sometimes we don't use honey, add oranges and lemons instead of sweeteners, add fresh mint, etc. I taught my 2 oldest sons how to make this and they love to experiment and vary the recipe.
Next summer I will try to make sun tea again. But for now, we have our sweet tea with no styrofoam or plastic waste - hooray! Do you have a favorite drink recipe to share that eliminates plastic packaging?