Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

California Ice Tea

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings



  1. Place the tea bags in a 2-cup glass measuring cup and add the boiling water. Allow to steep for 10 minutes, then discard the tea bags.
  2. Pour the iced tea into a large pitcher and add the lemon juice, sugar syrup and bourbon.
  3. To serve, fill highball glasses half full with ice and pour in the drink mixture. Garnish with a half-round of lemon and serve ice cold.

Cook’s Note

To make sugar syrup, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook until the mixture is clear. Cool and refrigerate indefinitely.