Tea is the go-to beverage for many Southerners, and the iced version can be the perfect thirst-quencher on a hot day. You can give this classic drink a summer reboot by adding a few extra ingredients. The following three iced tea recipes from Taste of Home use ginger ale, fruit juice and, of course, sugar. As someone who’s generally not a fan of tea, even I could be satisfied by these cool, sweet drinks.

Ginger Iced Tea
Makes 12 servings (3 quarts)

Ingredients:
1 cup iced tea mix with lemon and sugar
4 cups water
2 liters ginger ale, chilled
Ice cubes

In a pitcher, combine the iced tea mix and water; refrigerate until chilled. Just before serving, add ginger ale. Serve over ice.

Sweet Citrus Iced Tea
Makes 16 servings (1 gallon)

Ingredients:
14 ½ cups water, divided
10 individual tea bags
1½ cups sugar
2/3 cup lemon juice
¼ cup thawed orange juice concentrate
Ice cubes

In a large saucepan, bring 4 cups of water just to a boil. Remove from the heat. Add tea bags; let stand for 10 minutes. Discard tea bags. Pour tea into a large container. Stir in the sugar, lemon juice, orange juice concentrate and remaining water. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve over ice.

Raindrop Raspberry Tea
Makes 8 servings (2 quarts)

Ingredients:
4 cups water
6 individual tea bags
¾ to 1 cup sugar
4 cups cold water
1 cup thawed raspberry juice blend concentrate
Ice cubes
In a large saucepan, bring 4 cups water to a boil. Remove from the heat; add tea bags. Cover and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Add cold water and juice concentrate. Serve in a chilled glass over ice.

Andrea Honaker writes for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette.