Cocktail of the Week – Juice Box Iced Tea

by Sam Slaughter

August 8, 2019

I knew I hit the jackpot when I got a Ssips Iced Tea for lunch when I was a kid. These were my absolute favorite. The mix of almost-iced-tea flavor, lemon, and of course, lots of sugar was just what I needed to get through the doldrums of the school day. Sure, that energy was just a sugar rush, but I’m fairly certain, thanks to packaged foods, that most of us spent at least half of the ’90s riding a sugar high. Using bourbon as the backbone for this drink, you’ll still get the lemony, sugary flavor you would in the original but with significantly less sugar.


  • 2 oz bourbon whiskey
  • .5 oz limoncello
  • .25 oz simple syrup*
  • Orange bitters
  • Lemon slice, for garnish

Method: Add the bourbon, limoncello, simple syrup, and bitters to a mixing glass with ice and stir well. Strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube in it. Garnish with the lemon slice. If you’ve got any extra tiny straws lying around, feel free to sip through that.

* Simple Syrup


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water

Method: Add sugar and water to a pot and set to medium heat. Stir until dissolved. Cool and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.


About Sam Slaughter

Sam Slaughter is the author of Are You Afraid of the Dark Rum? And Other Cocktails for ‘90s Kids and the Food & Drink Editor for the men’s lifestyle magazine The Manual. He can be found online @slaughterwrites. You can order Are You Afraid of the Dark Rum? HERE.


Cocktail and photo courtesy of Are You Afraid of the Dark Rum?: and Other Cocktails for ‘90s Kids by Sam Slaughter. Andrews-McMeel 2019.

Photo: Amy Ellis Photography/ Ellis Stock Co