Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What I'm drinking this summer, for about a nickel a gallon


How much is a 2-liter bottle of soda? About 99 cents? How about 2 quarts of Kool-Aid? Maybe 20 cents? What about iced black tea? Plain, no sugar or lemon, depending on how strong you like it, if using 6 Dollar Tree tea bags, per 2 quarts, it would cost me 12 cents per gallon, and that's unsweetened.

I could be drinking plain water. And that would certainly be healthy. But I prefer some flavor in my water, and just a hint of sweetening.

This summer, I've been making pitchers of iced herbal tea, using the pineapple mint, spearmint, peppermint and lemon balm from my garden.


I use a large tea pot to brew the infusion. I stuff a very full handful of washed, fresh herbs (various combinations of the above), in the tea pot. Then I pour boiling water over the herbs and allow to steep. I pour this infusion into a 2-qt pitcher, add 1/4 cup sugar, and stir until dissolved. I then top off the pitcher with fresh, cold water, making 2 quarts.

The herbs are free. The sugar costs me about 2.5 cents per quarter-cup.

Would you like to hear an interesting comparison? Many years ago, I had a huge diet cola habit. I bought and drank a 12-pack of diet cola, any brand, every week. At the time, a 12-pack cost about $2.50 to $3. I was spending about $10 per month on soda, or $120 per year, just for me.

If I drink herbal iced tea, year round, my cost, at a gallon per week, would be about $2.50. That's a savings of $117.50 per year.

19 comments:

  1. Iced mint tea. That does sound refreshing. I usually drink water but I might enjoy switching it up sometime and this would do the trick.

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    1. Hi live and learn,
      It is refreshing. And I love the lightness about mint, in summer.

      Have a wonderful day, live and learn!

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  2. My favorite is just plain ice water. I tried basil water and some other fruity waters but I went back to plain water. We don't buy a lot of soda. I have a small amount in the garage on a the shelf for the occasional tummy ache or if I want to enhance a punch but nobody really drinks a lot of pop anymore. We used to serve milk at dinners but now it is strickly water.

    Alice

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    1. Hi Alice,
      My son no longer drinks milk with meals, but my two daughters still do, most of the time. I also like fruit waters, lime water being one of my favorites.

      Have a great day, Alice!

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  3. The tea pot is so pretty. I drink water all day every
    day but a nice pot of iced herbal tea would be lovely.
    I would use tea bags. Wish I had mint growing here. I need to find someone that has some to get a start.
    Have a great day.
    Patti

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    1. Hi Patti,
      I wish you lived nearby. I could supply you with a couple of cuttings to root in a pot. If you do ever try to grow mint in a pot, especially in your area, it would probably do best in a shady spot of your patio.

      You have a great day, too, Patti!

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    2. I have mint, mint, and more mint; peppermint, spearmint, and chocolate mint! Wish you lived nearby!

      I also make mint tea as you do without sugar. I make it very strong and freeze in ice cube trays. Then all that's needed is plain water and the mint cubes for a wonderful refreshing drink!

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  4. Mint tea is so very refreshing, but my mint is just not thriving this year!

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    1. Hi Anne,
      I wonder if it's been too hot this summer in your area? My mint does best when it is kept very moist. I have the bulk of my mint down in a low area of the yard, in a pot, in semi-shade. But I have one pot up on the deck, and even in the shade of a tree, the deck is hot and dry, and that mint doesn't like its spot.

      Here's hoping for a revival with your mint when the temps cool a bit!

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  5. That tea sounds very refreshing, Lili. I also was a diet Coke fan, drinking one a day for years. The last several years it has been water for me, with occasional iced tea in the summer and some hot tea in the winter. I like your mix of ingredients.
    Mary

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    1. Hi Mary,
      I am sure that it's far healthier for us both, to have given up the Diet soda habit! And we're saving money on top of better health choices!

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  6. Sounds great! I took a tip from Carol and have been using up my herbal tea bags to make iced tea with. SO good and refreshing. Yours sounds good too.

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    1. Hi Belinda,
      I have a few friends who give me tea bags that they acquire, but don't want. Mostly they're herb teas. I reserve all of the fruity ones for summer iced tea. I do love those as iced.

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  7. That's funny. I've been making some iced herb teas - vanilla chai and peppermint/licorice (from a bag though) and as I've made them I've been thinking that I probably got the idea from you and how I felt very 'Lili'!! Then this blog post pops up! Nice to see that you still have the iced tea habit!

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    1. Hi Sarah,
      How funny -- I'm an adjective!
      Do you do your iced tea with milk?

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  8. I made my very first fresh herb hot tea from chopped up basil leaves, and added 1/2 teaspoon honey to my serving cup. It was delicious. At least we have a low cost alternative to buying herbal tea at outrageous prices.

    Hope you are having a wonderful day!!

    YHF

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    1. Hi YHF,
      I'll have to try basil tea this summer. Sounds intriguing!

      Have a great day!

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