makes 2 quarts
4 pitcher-size cold-brew tea bags ( I like Lipton)
2 quarts cold water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
sliced lemons (optional)
sliced oranges (optional)
mint sprigs (optional)
Place the tea bags in a large pitcher. (I like to wrap the string around a wooden spoon and suspend it over the rim of the pitcher so I don't have to fish out the bags). Add the 2 quarts of cold water and steep for 30 minutes to one hour depending on how strong you like your tea.
Meanwhile, combine the 1/2 cup of sugar and the 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan. Stirring occasionally, bring the mixture to a boil and cook until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from the heat.
Remove the tea bags, squeezing them by pressing against the wooden spoon. Add the sugar mixture and stir until combined. Pour over ice and garnish with lemon, orange, or mint if desired. Enjoy!
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