Spiked Sweet Tea
2 ounces your favorite whiskey or bourbon per serving (recommended: Maker's Mark)
Combine sugar and 3 cups water in a non-reactive saucepan. Slowly heat until sugar melts. Remove from heat and cool.
Infuse the black tea in 1 quart of just boiled water for 2 minutes. Strain tea into a pitcher and then add 1 quart of room temperature water.
Combine the tea and the cooled simple syrup, mixing well. Refrigerate until cool.
Recipe courtesy Michael Chiarello