this is my favorite thing as of late.
so, thanks to the splendid table's interview with Bill Waddington, this is how i've been making (and consuming) huge amounts of iced tea in the past weeks:
in the evening, get a clean bottle and a teabag of your favorite tea or tea ball with one tbsp. of loose tea (one bag/one tbsp per 3 cups. water). with the tea inside the bottle, fill with cold water and put in the fridge overnight.
in the morning remove the tea bag and you have the most amazing iced tea with zero work! and unlike tea that you brew hot and then cool, there is no chance of a bitter taste, especially for green teas, just a beautiful smooth drink.
if you like sweetened iced tea, just make a simple syrup of 1 part sugar to 1 part water which you simmer for a couple minutes until dissolved and add that to taste in the morning when the brewing is done.
i've been making apricot white and Portsmouth Tea Co.'s berry melon sencha. it's so easy that when i finish a bottle, which doesn't take me long, i rinse it out, pop in a new tea bag, and restock the fridge. even the frenchman, who in the past has not loved iced tea, is diggin' it.