This post is about two things. First, I really wanted to-go cups with straws for my sun tea, but the plastic cups at the store are crazy expensive, AND they're plastic, which isn't the best material to be drinking out of. I also hate that you can't replace the straws. Mold easily gets stuck in them and they're very difficult to clean.
So, my wonderful dad drilled a straw-sized hole in the top of a few mason jars! He just used a power drill with a 1/4" attachment, and voila! I have to-go glasses made out of mason jars, and they only cost me about $.75 compared to the usually $6 or $7. And you can use disposable straws! All of my problems have been solved.
Not to mention, mason jars are waaay cuter than those plastic to-go cups!
So, to break them in, I whipped up some raspberry sun tea.
To make my sun tea, I fill a 2 quart pitcher with water and add five bags of Lipton tea. If the sun makes itself available (which it often doesn't in Oregon) I let it sit in the sun for an hour or two. If the sun is hiding, it sits for about five hours.
To make the raspberry addition, I threw some of the not-so-great raspberries from my latest pint along with some of the juice.
Then poured on some honey.
I grabbed my handy dandy potato masher.
And mashed those raspberries right up!
Until it's pleasantly and consistently goopy.
I like lemon in my tea. So I sliced one up. If you don't like lemon, don't slice one up. I don't think we can be friends if you don't, though.
To assemble the tea, put a generous helping of ice cubes in one of your fancy new to-go mason jars.
Spoon on some of the raspberry mixture.
Throw in a lemon, of course.
Then top with sun tea! And make sure to spill it all over the table.
Give it a good stir, pop on the lid, and add a straw!
This drink is deliciously refreshing for summer and so much healthier than soda! My new favorite drink.