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.