It happened last week, on the hottest day of the summer (so far). I was parched. Heated. In need of a beverage in the worst of ways. And in an act of misguided desperation, I reached for my colleagues glass of (in my defense, shimmering and delicious-looking) iced tea, downed it, and reflected on my good decision-making skills.
When my colleague asked me if I knew I'd just drank a hard iced tea, all I could do is gawk back in awe. What I just drank was refreshing. It was delicious. And -- perhaps most importantly -- it contained sweet, sweet alcohol. A triple whammy. At this point, the wonders of alcoholic tea consumed me. I had to try as many as I could, and I soon realized the hard tea market is currently booming. In fact, there are so many great, hard teas right now, it can be difficult to suss out the stars from the duds.
So here are my findings: the six best hard iced teas you'd be a damn fool not to drink this summer. They won me over, in spite of me. And I'll bet my last lemon wedge they'll win you over, too.