I'll just say something here you may have never heard before. I loathe drinking water. Unless its 100 degrees out, I will never choose water over Iced tea. When I first met my "12 pack ab" son-in-law Jarod, Brittney and I thought it was crazy how he would want a drink and walk over to the sink and turn on the faucet. I decided long ago I would never ask him how to lose weight and get in shape. I'm sure he would say "stop drinking sweet tea and drink water." I suppose my love for sweet tea is growing up on my Nanny Ropers' well water, dark maroon, strong, sweet tea served over a glass of ice right out of one of those metal ice trays.
Several years ago, I purchased 12 wire-baled bottles. They hold 14 ounces which is more than enough for me to drink at a meal. I am not one of those people like Uncle Si off Duck Dynasty that has to have something to sip on all day so I rarely finish a soft drink. This is unlike my husband who will open a Sprite, drink half, place it back in the fridge and finish it off three days later. When people are offered a drink at my house, they almost always choose tea when they see the bottle. Probably what holds them back from doing this themselves is this
They are almost impossible to clean. These bottles go into the dishwasher most of the time but at times they get a little gunky. So I came up with this..
My hubby received this as a freebie for purchasing something and I asked him for it. He says its not really a "drill" in his world. He has tons of equipment and power tools so he was happy to oblige. Its rechargeable and I only charge it about once a month. The brand of brush I use is Clean Bottle Express. They sell them on Amazon but have several other brushes that would work. Just make sure it will fit inside the chuck of your drill. Also I trimmed the spongy fabric so it would go down into the bottle a little easier. I just keep my setup underneath the sink charged and ready.
I normally mix my tea in a 1 gallon Rubbermaid pitcher I have had for 20 years but you can imagine how tea stained it is. Looking at your things thru a camera lens sometimes makes you realize what needs to be replaced. I use a funnel to fill my bottles but usually leave a couple half to 2/3 full so non-Southerners can top off with water if they don't like their tea as sweet as I do. Also, in the beginning, I recycled my Starbucks Frappuccino bottles but found they really didn't hold enough.
If the girls and son-in-laws are in town, I hang tags from the wire bales so they aren't mixed up in the fridge.
Now, my secret ingredient to my Iced Tea..
For every family size tea bag, I add one Earl Grey regular size tea bag. Our daughter Chelsea is a tea connoisseur. Her husband, Alex McIntosh, is a manly man. One evening at dinner he asked, "Is that Earl Grey I taste?" as if he were at a wine tasting.
Once I had the system down pat, I can bottle up a batch in no time. I just love the convenience of opening the fridge and pulling out a bottle.
I can just see my Nanny Roper now wrapping a paper towel around her sweating glass of dark Iced Tea while dealing a hand of Rook to my Daddy Roper and a couple of their friends. I bet she would laugh at the thought of adding Earl Grey.