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ice tea

 

A southern classic -

 

12 regular plain old tea bags

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1 quart fresh water

1 quart ice cubes

1 1/4 cup simple syrup

Simple Syrup

Bring 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to a boil stirring until sugar is dissolved.

Cool 30 minutes

 

Put teabags and baking soda in a large heatproof glass pitcher.

Bring water just to a rolling boil.

Pour over tea bags in pitcher.

Make sure teabags are submerged.

Cover and steep for 7-8 minutes.

Remove tea bags and discard.

Add ice

Stir until ice melts

Stir in simple syrup

Serve over ice with lemon and mint if desired.