How to Make Basic Iced Tea

There are many ways to make iced tea, this is how I do it. Very simple and delicious!

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How to Make Basic Iced Tea Recipe
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Bring cold water to a boil.  This pot that I use almost fills my pitcher.

Bring cold water to a boil. This pot that I use almost fills my pitcher.

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I use around six tea bags.  If you like stronger tea, use more (eight or so).  If you like weaker tea, less is good (maybe three or four bags).

I use around six tea bags. If you like stronger tea, use more (eight or so). If you like weaker tea, less is good (maybe three or four bags).

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I open all the tea bags and pull the string and bag away from the paper (leave the string on the bag.  It's ok if the tag is on or off the string).

I open all the tea bags and pull the string and bag away from the paper (leave the string on the bag. It's ok if the tag is on or off the string).

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I gather all the bags together and tie a knot in the strings, somewhere near the end.  This is not necessary but it makes it easier to pull the bags out of the water together.

I gather all the bags together and tie a knot in the strings, somewhere near the end. This is not necessary but it makes it easier to pull the bags out of the water together.

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Holding the tops of the tea bags together, swish the bags in the hot water to get them wet.

Holding the tops of the tea bags together, swish the bags in the hot water to get them wet.

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Then let them go to float freely.  I hang the knot over the edge of the pot so I can grab it easily later.

Then let them go to float freely. I hang the knot over the edge of the pot so I can grab it easily later.

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Let the teabags steep approximately 15 minutes.  I set the timer on the stove so I don't forget - if you let tea steep too long it will just become bitter.  If you want it stronger, Use More Tea!  :)

Let the teabags steep approximately 15 minutes. I set the timer on the stove so I don't forget - if you let tea steep too long it will just become bitter. If you want it stronger, Use More Tea! :)

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Don't forget to place your tea bag wrappers in the paper part of your recycling bin!!  :)

Don't forget to place your tea bag wrappers in the paper part of your recycling bin!! :)

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The pitcher I use holds slightly more water than my pot can hold, so while my tea is steeping I add a little water to the pitcher to make up the difference.

The pitcher I use holds slightly more water than my pot can hold, so while my tea is steeping I add a little water to the pitcher to make up the difference.

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If you like your tea sweet, you have many options.  Honey, agave nectar, and various sugars all work well.  For this tea I am using lavender sugar.  It is white sugar mixed with lavender blossoms.

If you like your tea sweet, you have many options. Honey, agave nectar, and various sugars all work well. For this tea I am using lavender sugar. It is white sugar mixed with lavender blossoms.

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Add the sugar to the cold water in my pitcher and stir vigorously to dissolve.  (You can see bits of lavender in the water.  I actually strained those out after I mixed this up.)

Add the sugar to the cold water in my pitcher and stir vigorously to dissolve. (You can see bits of lavender in the water. I actually strained those out after I mixed this up.)

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This is what my tea looked like after 15 minutes was up.

This is what my tea looked like after 15 minutes was up.

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Lift out the tea bags, squeeze the tea into the pot and discard the bags.

Lift out the tea bags, squeeze the tea into the pot and discard the bags.

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Pour the tea into your pitcher, stir, and let cool.  I let mine sit on the counter until it is almost room temperature before I put it in the fridge, this way the fridge doesn't have to work so hard.

Pour the tea into your pitcher, stir, and let cool. I let mine sit on the counter until it is almost room temperature before I put it in the fridge, this way the fridge doesn't have to work so hard.

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