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Sour Mash & Lime Tea


Yields 2 quarts lime-tea mix, or 8 drinks.

This is my variation on a Southern Sour.

Find more iced-teas for grown-ups on our Drinks & Entertaining page.

  • 4 cups water
  • 6 regular-size tea bags (about 1/2 oz. total)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 can (6 oz.) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 12 oz. sour-mash whiskey (such as Jack Daniels), or any good bourbon (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • Lime wedges for garnish (optional)

In a medium saucepan, bring the 4 cups water to a boil. Add the tea bags, remove from the heat, cover, and steep for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, put the sugar and limeade concentrate in a 2-quart heatproof container (like a large Pyrex liquid measure). When the tea is ready, remove the tea bags (don’t squeeze them) and add the tea to the limeade mixture, stirring to combine. Stir in the 3 cups cold water, let cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate until ready to serve.

To serve, pour 1-1/2 ounces of the whiskey into each 12-ounce glass. Add 1 cup of the limeade-tea mixture to each glass. Stir to combine. Add ice and garnish with the lime wedges, if you like.

Photo: Scott Phillips

A great tea even without the whiskey. I used a bit less sugar than called for, but I like things a bit tart. Easy and a good one to keep in the fridge!

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