• 8 cups water divided (1.9L) • 6 black tea bags • 1 cup granulated sugar (200g) • ⅛ teaspoon baking soda • ¼ cup lemon juice optional  (fresh-squeezed preferred) (60ml)

Combine 3 cups of water (310ml), sugar, and baking soda in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat.

Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, then immediately remove from heat.

Add tea bags and steep for 10 minutes. Lift tea bags from the tea and allow them to drip (don’t squeeze), then discard.

Pour tea into a large pitcher.

Add lemon juice, if using, then add remaining 5 cups (1.2L)  cold water and stir well.

Tea may be served immediately poured over ice, or store in the refrigerator for several hours before serving. Always stir before pouring.