6 cups sugar
3 cups water, plus 2 quarts, divided
1 1/2 ounces (or 3/4 cup) loose black tea leaves
2 lemons, zested
1/2 bunch fresh mint
2 ounces your favorite whiskey or bourbon per serving (recommended: Maker's Mark)
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