Combine sugar and 3 cups water in saucepan. Slowly heat until sugar melts. Remove from heat and cool.
Infuse tea in 1 quart of just boiled water for 2 minutes. Strain tea into pitcher and add 1 quart room temperature water.
Combine tea and the cooled simple syrup and mix well.
To serve, fill 12-ounce glass with ice, add pinch of zest, small piece of mint and 2 ounces of whiskey and top off with tea. Stir and enjoy!
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