June 10 is National Iced Tea Day here in the States and we thought it might be a good idea to take some adult liberties in updating the classic Lipton refreshment.
In parts of the American South, sweet tea is a hugely popular drink year-round. It is typically brewed with the addition of sugar to hot water, which makes the liquid more soluble - a concept not much different from the bartender staple, simple syrup.
One easy way to create iced tea-based cocktails at home is simply to brew the tea yourself and add your vodka, bourbon, or any other complementary spirit. But if you're looking to save a step while mixing these, there's an influx of great tea-infused liquors (sweet or otherwise) on the market to help you out. These products may be worth considering - especially when you're keeping a warm-weather crowd adequately refreshed!
And of course, if you're a traditionalist, please share your favorite homemade tea and sweet tea brews and blends with us below!
Photo credit: Drink of the Week
Weed & LemonadeCourtesy of Jeremiah Weed
Bourbon Weed and WaterCourtesy of Jeremiah Weed
Pour 1 1/2 oz Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Flavored Vodka & Bourbon Whiskey over ice and a squeeze of lemon.
Charbay Green TeaniCourtesy of Charbay
Combine 2 oz Charbay Green Tea Vodka with 2 oz unfiltered premium Sake in a shaker with ice. Strain into martini glass.
Patriot TeaCourtesy of Drink of the Week
4 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
8 black tea bags
1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
2 cups Wild Turkey American Honey
In large saucepan, boil 4 cups water. Add 1/2 cup sugar; stir to dissolve. Remove from heat; add 8 teabags of black tea. Steep 10 minutes; discard teabags. Add 4 cups cold water; transfer to pitcher and chill. Mash or muddle lemon wedges and add to pitcher. Add 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves. Using a wooden spoon, crush mint until fragrant. Stir in 2 cups of American Honey. Serve over ice.
Zen Iced TeaCourtesy of Drink of the Week
Mix 1 oz Zen Green Tea Liqueur with Crystal Light Iced Tea. Pour over ice and top with lemon.
And for those of you who favor Long Island Iced Tea, despite there being no actual tea anywhere near your glass, here is a classic LIT recipe.
Long Island Iced TeaCourtesy of Drink of the Week
Pour 1/2 oz vodka, 1/2 oz gin, 1/2 oz rum, 1/2 oz triple sec, 1/2 oz sweet & sour over ice. Top with Coke and a twist of lemon.