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Readers, come close. shhhhhh. I am about to reveal something to you. Below you will find the super secret, 100 year old, Garrison family recipe for bourbon iced tea. Passed down to me by my mother’s mother’s older brother’s lover, Miss Maggie B. Known as “the queen of mountain bootleggers,” Miss, sold moonshine out of her home in Harlan County, Kentucky until the day she died, at age 101. Three days later I received this recipe in the mail.

Um. Nah. Sorry folks! This bourbon iced tea is damn delicious, but it’s just something I tore out of a Rachael Ray magazine and spent a long hot Brooklyn summer perfecting (instead of installing my air conditioner). Any bourbon will do here, but I like Jim Beam – because it’s cheap and strong. This makes a pitcher of tea, so don’t be an antisocial alcoholic and invite some friends over to share.




Bourbon Iced Tea

  • 2 lemons, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup or sugar
  • 1/3 cup mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cup bourbon
  • ice cubes
  • unsweetened iced tea (this will be way too sweet if you use regular tea, so, omit the syrup/sugar if you can’t find unsweetened)

In a large pitcher, mash up lemon wedges, agave syrup (or sugar) and mint leaves with a large spoon until a thick syrup forms. Add the orange juice, lemon juice and bourbon & stir to combine. If serving right away, fill pitcher with ice, add tea, stir and serve. If not, add 1 quart + 1 cup iced tea, stir and refrigerate . When you’re ready to get your drink on, fill individual glasses with ice, pour in tea, garnish with mint sprig and serve. If feeling so inclined, you can add a splash of bourbon to the top. For good measure.


Bourbon Iced Tea, Georgia Style

Because peaches are in season, and taste fantastic when soaked in bourbon.

Follow the recipe above, except substitute peach slices and fresh peach juice or peach puree for the lemons/lemon juice. I use a bit less sugar in this version, and add some brandy.  Not much, maybe 1/4 cup.

There you have it! Enjoy – but as d. k. mentioned, don’t plan on getting much done after a few of these. I had two last night and promptly fell asleep on the couch. At 8:15.

Written by rarface

July 10, 2009 at 9:44 am

Posted in drinks, recipes

2 Responses

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  1. I can not wait to make this. Thank you!!!!


    July 23, 2009 at 12:22 pm

  2. you have to tell me how it turns out – and how many glasses you’re able to drink before passing out.


    July 23, 2009 at 1:15 pm

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