Spiked Sweet Tea

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 1 quart
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6 cups sugar

3 cups water, plus 2 quarts, divided

1 1/2 ounces (or 3/4 cup) loose black tea leaves

Ice cubes

2 lemons, zested

1/2 bunch fresh mint

2 ounces your favorite whiskey or bourbon per serving (recommended: Maker's Mark)


  1. Combine sugar and 3 cups water in a non-reactive saucepan. Slowly heat until sugar melts. Remove from heat and cool.
  2. 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.
  3. Combine the tea and the cooled simple syrup, mixing well. Refrigerate until cool.
  4. To serve, fill a 12-ounce glass with ice cubes, a pinch of zest, and a sprig of mint. Add 2 ounces whiskey or bourbon and fill to the top with the sweetened tea. Stir and serve. Repeat as needed.