This Adults-Only Sweet Tea Punch recipe with hints of brown sugar, bourbon, and citrus is sure to be the star of your next outdoor cookout.
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Adults-Only Sweet Tea Punch Recipe


  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 2 2-inch long pieces orange zest
  • 6 packets black tea
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar cubes
  • 1/4 cup key lime juice
  • 5 lemons divided
  • honey as desired to taste
  • 1 large orange cut into slices
  • 1-2 limes cut into slices
  • 1 32-ounce bottle sparkling lemonade


  • Place bourbon and orange zest to a lidded jar. Place in a cool dark place for 1-3 days until desired taste is achieved/ Remove zest and strain, discard fruit.
  • Bring 6 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan. Stir in brown sugar cubes until dissolved. Add tea bags and remove from heat. Let steep until completely cool.
  • Add sweet tea, bourbon, lime juice, and juice of 2 lemons to a large pitcher filled with ice. Stir to combine. Sweeten with honey to desired taste.
  • Slice remaining lemons. Add fruit to pitcher, reserving a few slices for garnish.
  • Top punch with sparkling lemonade and serve immediately in chilled glasses filled with ice.