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Fool Proof Grapefruit Bourbon Ice Tea

A refreshing grapefruit cocktail made with black tea, simple syrup and bourbon. This easy to make cocktail is refreshing, vibrant and so tasty. Highly customizable so anyone could enjoy it, sip on this drink any time of the year!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Cooling Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 161 kcal


Black Tea

  • 4 cups water
  • 4 black tea bags

Simple Syrup

  • 4 -5 slices grapefruit
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ½ cup sugar


  • 1 oz bourbon
  • 2 oz ice tea
  • 2 to 4 oz simple syrup depending on taste
  • Ice
  • Rosemary optional garnish
  • Extra grapefruit juice optional
  • Grapefruit slices optional garnish


  • Brew black tea, allow it to steep for 10 minutes then place it in the fridge to cool for 15 minutes.
  • While the black tea is steeping, begin making simple syrup.
  • Add sugar, water and grapefruit to a sauce pan on medium stirring periodically.
  • Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and transport into a heat resistant container. Cool in fridge for 15 minutes.
  • Once both have cooled, make your drink!
  • Add 1 oz of bourbon, 2 oz of ice tea and 2 oz of simple syrup. If this is not sweet enough for you, add another oz of simple syrup. Stir then fill glass to rim with ice.
  • Option to add ½ oz of grapefruit juice to the drink to add a little tartness.
  • Option to garnish with rosemary and/or grapefruit slices.


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Calories: 161kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 26mgPotassium: 21mgSugar: 38gCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Cocktail
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