You will need
3 tea bags ($3.95 per 100 tea bags, $3.95/100bags = $.04 x 3bags = $.12)
1/3 cup sugar ($2.99 per 5 lb, $2.99/80oz = $.04 x 2.5oz (1/3cup) = $.09)
1/2 gallon pitcher
|This is a 2 qt saucepan, but it doesn't really matter the size.|
Bring the pot of water to a boil. Tie the tea bag strings together, and pull off the paper tags. Once the water is boiling, remove from heat, and add the sugar and tea bags. Give it a stir, and let it sit until it's cool. Remove tea bags and pour into pitcher. Fill the pitcher the rest of the way with cold water and ice. Stir and refrigerate.
My mom poured the boiling water into a plastic pitcher and mixed everything in there, but I prefer a glass container which doesn't do so well with rapid temperature changes (plus I just finished reading Plastic-Free, and I'll never put hot things in plastic again!).
It's a whopping $.21 for a half gallon of tea, or $.42/gallon!
Harris Teeter sells sweet tea for $2/gallon.
If sweet tea is your thing, definitely Try It!