2 regular orange pekoe black tea bags (Tetley, Red Rose, Twinings, etc) or 2 tsp of loose leaf black tea
2 flavoured tea bags, or 2 tsp of loose leaf flavoured tea (rooibos, herbal teas, Celestial Seasonings etc etc etc...)
Bring a kettle to a full rolling boil. Pour the boiling water into a tea pot over the tea bags/leaves. Let steep for 10 minutes. Allow to cool for a while, then pour the tea into a 2 liter pitcher (be very careful if you are using a glass pitcher if the tea is still hot!). Add ice and cold water until pitcher is full. Chill until serving. Garnish with lemon slices and more ice.
When making tea, whether to serve hot or cold, it is *very* important to bring your water to a full rolling boil, otherwise you don't get the full flavour of the tea. Because this is being diluted with cold water and ice, we are steeping it a lot longer than you normally would for hot tea. Do not leave the tea in the hot water for longer than 10 minutes though, you don't want to ruin it.
Use any flavour of tea that you like. I like to mix both orange pekoe (which is just your standard every day black tea for those of us in the British Commonwealth) and a flavoured tea just for a bit of pizzazz. My favourite is Celestial Seasonings Candy Lane Holiday tea, it's got a nice minty flavour, and it's their only holiday tea that is gluten free, so be *very* careful that you read ingredients labels when buying tea bags or leaves, do *not* assume that that it will be gluten free just because it is tea! The tea bags in the US are entirely different, and kind of bland to my Canadian/British taste buds. When I lived down south, I used to order tea from home and have it sent to me.
every pitcher of iced tea ever made