¼ cup loose tea
1 cup boiling water
Lemon slices, seeded
Muddled mint leaves
Place the tea or tea bags in a 2-cup liquid measuring cup. Pour 1 cup boiling water over and let steep 4 minutes.
Strain in a ½ gallon pitcher filled with ice. Press down with the back of a tablespoon to extract all the tea.
Add cold water to fill.
Serve with simple syrup to allow each guest sweeten, or not, to their taste. Simply place a cup or two of sugar in a small sauce with 1/2 cup cold water. Bring to a boil and cook until the sugar is completely dissolved. Cool and store in a covered container in the refrigerator. Last several weeks.