2 quarts of water
4 regular tea bags (or use specific Iced Tea tea bags – they are larger)
1 lemon, sliced
1 cup bar sugar (superfine sugar)
orange blossom honey
fresh mint stems
Always start with cold water. Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil and then pour over 4 tea bags in a glass pitcher. Cover with plastic and let steep for 30 minutes at room temperature. Ratio = 2:1 tea bags: qts of water.
Add 1 cup of sugar to pitcher and stir until dissolved.
Add 4 slices of lemon if desired and refrigerate.
Add ice cubes to bring level back upto 2 quarts
Secret to keeping it clear: let it cool to room temperature before you put it in the refrigerator. If it goes cloudy you can add some boiling water – but remember this will make it weaker
Serve pitcher of tea with a small pitcher of simple syrup (2 cups of sugar: 1 cup of water). Then each individual can adjust sweetness to personal preference. You can also serve with honey if desired
Add hints of flavor to tea by adding fresh mint leaves, peach slices or nectar, ginger simple syrup…