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!