Makes: 1 gallon 

4 cups of water plus an additional 12 cups of water 
12 tea black bags 
1 cup granulated sugar 
8 drops of green food coloring (optional) 
lime slices (optional) 
mint leaves (optional) 

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a medium pot. Remove from heat and add tea bags, allowing them to steep for 10 minutes. Discard the tea bags and stir in sugar until dissolved. Pour into a gallon container and add the 12 additional cups of water and refrigerate for at least four hours. Stir in food coloring for a true St. Patrick’s Day treat, and then serve over ice in tall glasses. Garnish with lime slices and mint leaves, to taste.