|We drink 2 quarts of iced tea daily. Sometimes more, depending on how much we're at home. I keep two pitchers in the fridge at a time, and usually make a batch nightly.|
It surprises me to find out that some people drink tea and don't know how to make it. I like to keep things easy for me.. so I bought an electric tea kettle just to make tea in. The one I got cost about $10 and boils 2 cups of water in a few minutes. I put 5 tea bags and 2 cups of water in the kettle and push the boil button. While it's heating up, I dump 1/2 cup of sugar in the jug. After the water boils, my kettle turns off (which is a feature worth paying extra for!) and I like to let it steep for a little while (ok.. I usually forget about it). Then carefully pour the tea into the pitcher, stir and fill with water or ice.
If you're working on the stove, I liked to use a sauce pan (again, I had a specific one I used just for tea). I used an old pan that the "non-stick" was "stick" again. I boiled the tea bags and the sugar together. Let it cool a bit and funnel it into the pitcher. This actually made better tasting tea, IMO, but having a tea kettle is easier.
I get the enormous 50-pound bag of sugar at Sam's Club once a year or so. I honestly have no idea how many servings we get out of it. It costs about $30, so to keep the math simple, we'll say there are 300 1/2 cups... or $.10 a jug. The tea bags, I get 100 for $1 so an entire jug costs us about $.11.
I like a bit of flavor every once in a while, so I toss a Celestial Seasonings Fruit Tea Sampler in with four black tea bags. I got the box as a gift, but even if I splurged on it, it bumps the price of the pitcher to $.26. There are 3-4 servings in each jug.