Saturday, September 6, 2008

Sometimes I Am Smart

Not often but sometimes. And rarely in the middle of a heat wave. I am not a hot weather gal. I like cool, crisp air that takes the breathe right out of you. I don't mind having to wear more clothes. I look better that way. Heat usually renders me unproductive and stupid. Which is probably why I think today's innovation was genius.

We Figs live in a soda-free household, but every once in a while I buy these fancy French lemonades our fancy grocery sells. Not because I particularly want the really very nice and not overly sweet fizzy lemonade but because I want the bottle. They are useful for a great many things, including storing homemade salad dressing, serving chilled water, and decanting infused wines.

But today I found a new use: bottling my own homemade sun tea so I can take it to work. Behold: Instead of running across the street on very hot days at work to buy an iced tea (I have an office with a window that I can open, but we have no air conditioning) for $2.25, I can use these bottles to take to work tea that I make at home.

Like this. In my yard.

I can get the bottles nice and chilly, pop them in my bag, and have one on my desk for the day. It makes my constant quest to drink more water easier. Today I made peppermint and The Republic of Tea's Spring Cherry. And a glass of iced tea is a nice substitute for the hot herbal tea I often enjoy on a cold night.

The heat wave is predicted to end soon, and I'm hoping tomorrow morning I'll awake to a thick blanket of fog and the sound of dripping redwoods. That's why I live here after all.

10 comments:

miss edgar said...
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Kat said...

Not to discount your smartness factor, but couldn't you just bring the container you make the tea in? Not that the other bottles aren't lovely.

preppy little dress said...

how cool is that, another great idea! i am also not a fan of pop [in the north] and soda [in the south] - thanks for sharing!

Cindy said...

Kate--You're totally right, but it's hard to pour into a glass from those wide-mouthed jars. I always end up dribbling all over my desk!

KSK said...

Oh, those ARE cool bottles. I will have to go see if my sheeshee store has that brand. But it might be Berkeley specific - ?

Mo said...

Smart indeed!

Great idea and pretty to look at too.

Sabina said...

i hope you have an office fan in this dragging on heat wave...I have a handy tip about iced tea of any sort, herb or green or black, they are much smoother if you just stick the bags in cool water, pop them in the fridge at night, and voila! smooth, refreshing iced tea in the morning. This tip came from Bill Waddington, proprietor of TeaSource, but do your own test. You generally need 1/2 the tea usually used. I've used 2 scant teaspoons (about 2 tea bags) of a mint-lemongrass combo for 1/2 gallon of water, and it was saturated with flavor.

Elliott said...

Brilliant use of the lemonade bottles!

I'm currently obsessed with copying Starbucks' tazo iced green tea. I think I've made a pretty good copy using Celestial Seasonings Mint Magic (1 bag) and Green Tea (2 bags) seeped extra strong. Mmmm.

tulipmom said...

Great idea!! I'm not a soda drinker either so iced tea is a summer staple for me.

And I am so looking forward to bidding this heat adieu and welcoming fall.

More, More, More said...

great idea and I know what fancy lemonade you're talking about too!