For years I've been making it with my trusty 'ole iced tea maker. And don't get me wrong, it works quite well and makes tea in a jiffy.
But, there is a better way!!
I want to make the most tea with the best flavor. And my mom does just that (I learned this from her. Thanks mom!).
So here's the secret recipe:
4 cups water
2 family sized tea bags (or 6-7 regular sized)
tea kettle (or any regular old pot will work)
ice (optional; needed if you want to drink immediately, if not just refrigerate)
Step one. Boil 4 cups of water in kettle (or pot).
Step two. Pour water over tea bags & allow to steep until tea has cooled some. Once they are cool enough, wring them out over the tea. This way you get all the flavor possible.
Step three. Fill a pitcher with ice (if desire to drink right away).
Step four. Poor tea over ice.
Step five. Add about 1 cup of cold water.
Step six. Stir and serve.
Simplest "how to" post ever? I know. But if you ever wondered if making iced tea at home could be easy, now you know!
Note- The longer the tea bags steep, the stronger the flavor. Oh, and I always make decaf because I drink it late into the night and want to be able to sleep.