Homebrewed Ice Tea


Kind of a strange word, in my opinion.

Regardless, it IS homebrewed tea.

Easy to make ice tea

See, Mark LOVES ice tea … you know, Arnold Palmer and Pure Leaf and all those others that you can buy pre-made. Which we always did buy them, beats buying soda and such,  right?

But then the cancer stuff came around and well, he just needs to be a little more aware of what he’s eating and making sure he drinks PLENTY of fluids …

No problem, you say? It is! This chemo stuff has given him this nasty metallic taste in his mouth. *FYI – lemon flavored stuff seems to help offset that taste*

And then we just have to deal with one of the side effects of this chemo and that is the feeling of something in the back of his throat that makes him want to gag for those 10 to 12 days whenever he swallows something.

Cold foods and drinks are pretty much a no go from the first day of infusion (Tuesday) to about 10 days later (so he has, maybe, 3 to 4 days where he can tolerate ‘cool’ foods and drinks) as if feels like glass shards and electrical currents (eek!)

I just decided to start making him a batch of tea every morning. And dang, it’s so easy!

Lipton tea bags

Not to mention, we are saving a few dollars a day doing this! Those Pure Leaf teas that he loves? They were $5.99 a bottle and he used to drink one a day … which, again, was fine as he needs to stay hydrated. THIS way is much better!

Pure Leaf Tea

All you need is:

4 cups boiling water (I don’t have a tea kettle so I just heat the water in a sauce pan)

2 regular size tea bags

2 tsp sugar (I use real sugar)

4 cups of cold water (I toss in 1 or 2 ice cubes as well to cool it down fast)

Just pour the boiling water over the 2 tea bags and add your sugar.  Let the bags steep for about 5 to 10 minutes. Pull the bags out and toss them. Sorry, resist the urge to squeeze all the liquid out, just toss them!

Add your 4 cups of cold water and give a quick stir. I have to let the tea sit out all day on the counter and since my glass pitcher doesn’t have a lid, I just put a piece of press n seal over the top.

ice tea

Mark keeps telling me how good the tea is. Kind of makes me laugh because dang, it’s so simple to make!

Ok, quick survey: Iced Tea or Ice Tea? Which is the proper wording??

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