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Sweet Tea & Bourbon Cocktail

Classic Southern sweet tea mixed with Kentucky Bourbon is the perfect summer celebration of Americana.


  • 2 quarts cold water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 4 Tbsp black tea, or 4 tea bags, or 1 sweet tea bag
  • 2 ounces Bourbon
  • 4 cups Ice or 2 quarts cold water
  • Lemon slices for garnish optional


  1. Heat 2 quarts of water over medium-high heat until it gets to a simmer in a small stock pot.
    Add sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Turn off heat and add tea. Put a lid on it and let sit for 5 minutes. Strain or remove tea bags.

  2. To cool tea use one of two methods:

    1. Allow to cool for 15 minutes and add 2 quarts of cold water. Chill in refrigerator.


    2. Pour hot tea over 4 cups of ice into large heat proof pitcher. Stir until ice is completely melted.

  3. To make the cocktail, fill a 16 ounce glass with ice. Add 2 ounces of
    bourbon, then top with sweet tea. Lemon slice garnish optional.