Sparkling Mint-Lime Iced Tea

Ingredients

4 cups water
4 mint tea bags
8 teaspoons lime juice (freshly squeezed or purchased)
4 half slices of lime for garnish, if desired
4 sprigs fresh mint, if desired
Vanilla coffee syrup, agave syrup or honey to sweeten drink, if desired
Crushed ice, if desired
2 cups sparkling water (carbonated)

Directions

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Remove from heat and add 4 bags of mint tea. Allow to steep for 10 minutes. Discard tea bags and pour tea into a small pitcher. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until well chilled.
Chill tall glasses in fridge or shortly in freezer, if desired. Add crushed ice, 1 cup of tea, sweetener (if desired) and 1 or 2 tsp lime juice, depending on how tart you like your tea. Stir. Add 1/2 cup sparkling water. Squeeze mint sprig and add to glass. Garnish with half a lime slice, if desired.

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