Celebrate Everything Cookbook by Debbi Covington

Southern-Style Iced Tea

Iced tea is one of those delicious flavors that just makes the heat of the summer seem worthwhile! It has all the caffeine of soft drinks, but with none of the artificial ingredients. If your tastes run away from caffeine, then try your favorite herbal tea on ice.

8 cups cold water, divided

6 to 8 individual tea bags

1/3 – ½ cup sugar, optional

Fresh mint

Lemon, orange and lime slices

Fresh strawberries

Bring 4 cups water to a rapid boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat and add the tea bags. Allow the tea to steep for 10 to 20 minutes. Remove tea bags; discard. Add sugar, if desired, and stir until melted. Pour tea into a pitcher. Stir in remaining 4 cups cold water. Chill until ready to serve. Serve over ice cubes. Garnish with fresh mint, lemon, orange and lime slices and halved strawberries. Serves 6 to 8.