Goodbye Solo cups...hello Mason jars!

Pint mason jars by Ball…seen at Wal-Mart yesterday! They make amazing glasses for cold beverages.

Pint mason jars by Ball…seen at Wal-Mart yesterday! They make amazing glasses for cold beverages.

With the warm weather here and summer quickly approaching I’m excited to begin entertaining lots of friends and family! The first big get together will be for Fourth of July! Paige—my youngest— has deemed “TU at the lake for the Fourth” as a new family tradition! This will be year two. (Truth be told, I would love if TU was together every weekend.)

Sample jar for our next party. The wire and spring ring are both silver, but feel free to mix metals if it’s your style!

Sample jar for our next party. The wire and spring ring are both silver, but feel free to mix metals if it’s your style!

Ten years ago while preparing for a family party I was dreading seeing the “red plastic Solo type cups” on our table. I knew they would not fit in well with my table decor and they made it hard for each guest to identify his or her beverage. So I made a change, we would use Mason jars instead!

All these years later we are still using the original Mason jars!  They’ll be used for our Fourth of July weekend celebration. Although the jars have not changed the method used to personally identify each beverage has gone through some revisions. The latest method works wonderfully! Each Mason jar’s neck is wrapped with wire upon which a spring ring (jewelry clasp) has been placed. A few twists of the wire keeps the spring ring in place. Each guest just writes their name on a tag and places it onto the spring ring clasp. Instant ID for each guest’s beverage!

This is a list of supplies to make your own Mason jar cups:

  • Pint size Mason jars (Wal-Mart, Target, hardware store)
  • Spring ring clasp 9 or 12.5mm (Wal-Mart, craft store)
  • Wire- 20 or 22 gauge (Wal-Mart, craft store)
  • Avery white marking tags (Staples)
  • Wire cutter/scissors for cutting the wire

As you know, I like to relax with an iced tea!  Give this delicious Starbuck’s copycat recipe a try in your new Mason jars. This recipe is for a Passion Tea Lemonade...it’s amazing!

Passion Tea Lemonade

  • Tazo Passion tea bags
  • Lemonade (I use Simply Pink Lemonade)
  • Simple syrup (made by combining equal parts sugar and water and heating until sugar dissolves, start with a cup of each that should be plenty to get you started!)

I was making this for a family get together, lots of people, so I doubled the ratio of tea bags to water and let them steep for an hour. It produced a stronger, tastier tea! Less of the tea—fewer ounces—will be needed when mixed with the lemonade and simple syrup. Taste your beverage before adding the simple sugar, as it is fairly sweet on its own. Pour over ice in a cocktail shaker, shake, then into a mason jar. All that’s left is to sit back and enjoy!

When you make the Mason jars and use them at your next party send me a photo. I would love to see yours in action!