Did you know the cost of tea in a bottle of ice tea amounts to a few pennies -- even while the bottle can run above $2 retail? The biggest cost of the product is the bottle itself.
Manufacturing the bottle also consumes more energy than shipping, and if you think about it, you're shipping around flavored water. Take away the bottle, make the tea at home, avoid boiled water and this is what you have: low-carbon ice tea that costs pennies even if you use the highest quality tea.
So what's the recipe?
- 3 tablespoons of loose tea
- 2-quarts tap water (I filter it) at room temperature.
- sprig of mint (optional)
- syrup (here's a good recipe) or honey (optional)