Home-brewed iced tea with acidic notes of lemon, lime, and orange, earthy hints of thyme, and finished with the heat of fresh ginger.
Steep the tea bags in the 8 cups of water in a tall pitcher for 10 minutes. Meanwhile prepare the simple syrup. Remove the tea bags and add the ice to the tea. Stir in the orange, lemon, lime slices,thyme sprigs, and simple syrup until combined. Serve over ice with additional citrus slices and thyme.
To make the simple syrup: In a small saucepan over high heat, stir together the sugar, water, ginger, and thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes. Remove the syrup from the heat and strain.
*Note: this recipe can also be made with regular black tea bags. Follow the package directions for brewing iced tea, cool, then add the ice, citrus slices, thyme sprigs, and simple syrup as written.