Make your own high-quality iced tea concentrate at home and shake up your own glass with some ice and a little water whenever you need to quench your thirst. $3 per cup? Try $0.30 (and zero calories) per cup.
Per Quart of Iced Tea Concentrate:
1quartjar with a two-piece lid
8black tea bagswhichever brand you prefer. I use Lipton or Wegman's Orange Pekoe black tea.
Optional: 3-6 drops of food-grade peppermint essential oil
To Make the Iced Tea Concentrate:
Unwrap all of the tea bags and put them into the jar, draping the strings and tags over the side. Screw on the ring for the jar to hold the strings in place. If using the peppermint essential oil, add the drops directly onto the tea bags. Pour boiling water into the jar, nearly up to the rim. Let it rest on the counter until it is room temperature. take off the ring the ring, then remove the tea bags and discard them. Put the lid on the jar and screw the ring back in place and refrigerate until chilled. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
To Make Shaken Iced Tea:
Fill a canning jar as far as you'd like with ice. Add Iced Tea Concentrate until the jar is 1/4 filled. Add water to within 1-inch of the top of the jar, fix a two-piece lid in place and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Remove the lid and enjoy!