Iced Tea is the second-most popular beverage in the whole world. Water is the first.

I brew one gallon of tea at a time. I know, that’s not much, it doesn’t last long. I’d like to make more at a shot but I haven’t figured out a good way yet.

I usually cold brew, it’s much easier and the Lipton cold brew stuff tastes great. They say it only needs 3 or 5 minutes, but I usually do it for anywhere from a half-hour to several hours. I want to make sure I get it all out of those bags! I always used filtered water, four bags of tea to one gallon. I add around a cup of sugar, sometimes more, sometimes a little less. Then finish it off with a shot of lemon juice, maybe a shy tablespoon or so.

Now, this is where I’ve pretty much given up on trying to remain humble. In fact, I’m almost ready to label myself a genuine genius.

Don’t use ice cubes! Instead, use frozen fruit. The official ITF preferred fruit is peaches, but we also love raspberries and blackberries. It’s probably no coincidence that those three magnificent products of nature are found in abundance in Utopia!

You’ll notice in my brilliant Monster Diet Burger post that there are indeed frozen peach slices in the iced tea shown in the pics. And watch for some (non-photo-op, Naomi) raspberries in the iced tea in an upcoming post!