I do miss getting my iced caffeine fix while out. But I’ve been brewing green iced tea and Thai iced tea, another Chinatown find, which I make with evaporated milk and sugar. At home, these drinks cost about 25 cents a cup, or less. I brew strong coffee and tea in large batches and keep them in pitchers in the fridge to drink throughout the week. Before I leave the house, I fill my to-go cup, add a straw, and get the same satisfaction as buying a drink in a cafe.
Maybe even more, because I made it myself and I know how little I spent.
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