This twist on sweet Southern iced tea is refreshingly tart. Serve well chilled.
8 cups water, divided
3 family-sized tea bags
1 sprig fresh mint (about 1/4 cup leaves)
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
8 lemon slices (optional)
8 mint sprigs (optional)
How to Make It
Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add tea bags and mint to pan; steep 10 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags and mint.
Combine sugar and juice in a glass measuring cup. Add 1/2 cup hot tea mixture; stir until sugar dissolves. Pour sugar mixture into a 2-quart pitcher. Pour the remaining hot tea mixture into pitcher. Add 4 cups cold water; stir. Serve over ice. Garnish with lemon slices and mint sprigs, if desired.
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