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Bourbon Sweet Tea

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Make a batch for your next party. Or just spend the weekend sitting on the porch, rocking your cares away.


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  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 12 black tea bags
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 3 cups crushed ice, plus more for serving
  • 24 ounces bourbon (approximately one 750mL bottle)
  • Garnish: 16 mint sprigs
  • Garnish: 16 lemon slices


Makes about 1 gallon, or approximately 16 servings.

  1. Combine the boiling water and sugar in a heatproof container and stir until sugar is dissolved.

  2. Add the tea bags and steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and discard.

  3. Pour the tea mixture into a heatproof pitcher or serving jar. Add the cold water, ice and bourbon. Stir well, and refrigerate until serving.

  4. To serve, divide between 16 ice-filled highball or Old Fashioned glasses.

  5. Garnish each glass with a mint sprig and a lemon slice.