Whenever I eat out with my friend Jen, she orders "Freshly Brewed Iced Tea" and she says it like that. It always sounds so elegant, so refreshing, so southern.... I order it too because of this. One time we got freshly brewed raspberry iced tea that came with a side of simple syrup in a little glass pitcher. We were sitting on a pier in Greenport NY and it was wonderful. Those iced teas cost us $5 each! (it was worth it for the atmosphere though.)
So began my journey into "Home Made Freshly Brewed Iced Tea". How hard could it be I wondered. Not hard at all actually! Now I make a pitcher almost every day. Basically all you need is 4 tea bags (These days I favor Celestial Seasons Decaf Mandarin Green Tea) 1 quart of boiling water, and a little time! Boil your water, pour it over the tea and let it steep for about 10 minutes. Chill. Drink. If you have lemons or oranges you can add those. Fresh herbs make a nice addition also. None are necessary though to make a great cup of iced tea, considering all of the different tea flavors there are to choose from.
1 Box of tea is $2.49 for 20. Each pitcher costs me only $.48!