June 10th is always National Iced Tea Day. Whether you drink yours sweetened or “un,” grab a tall glass and take some time to relax. I’m already planning my tea drinking schedule for the day — iced oolong (probably Ti Quan Yin), iced matcha, and an iced herbal or two!
Here is some interesting info on how iced tea began…
…looks like The Loveless Cafe in Nashville is ready to celebrate. Yummy!
Hot weather = iced tea! Here’s everything you need to know about entertaining with tea.
I went on a little grocery outing to Whole Foods today…and found an entire shelf of cold teas! I got into iced teas this past summer and I love things I can drink cold.
A Brief History of Iced Tea
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Have you ever wondered where that iced tea you are sipping originated from? Most people just slurp it down and probably have no need for exploring the history of it. But — if you are on this site, then you are probably a tea lover like me and might just find a bit of iced tea history interesting.
The first iced tea recipe was probably made with green tea leaves instead of black tea like today. In 1879, a Southern based magazine printed an iced tea recipe by Marion Cabell Tyree. She advised to boil the leaves and then steep all day. After doing so, she told readers to fill goblets with ice, throw in 2 teaspoons of sugar and then pour the steeped tea in and add lemon. Not a lot has changed over the years except for the type of tea leaves used.
Culinary instructor, Mrs. D.A (Mary) Lincoln released her recipe for iced tea calling for cold black tea to be poured over cracked ice, lemon and exactly two sugar cubes. Interestingly enough, we think of sweet tea as staple of the Southern United States. Lincoln’s version of the tea drink was developed, however, at her cooking school in Boston.
Near the turn of the century, iced tea became more of a necessity than a planned beverage of choice. Tea vendors looking to make a quick buck in the sweltering heat would simply serve their tea cold rather than hot. The result showed up not only as a rise in sales but also as a beverage phenomenon that is still popular today.
Trying something new is always fun. My husband came back from Trader Joe’s with a tea treat for me: Tejava iced black tea. It is cool, refreshing and full-bodied. The best part for me is that it has absolutely no sweeteners or sugar so it is calorie free…I can drink these all day and not feel guilty. You can buy Tejava at Trader Joes and Whole Foods.
celestial seasonings raspberry zinger is one of my all time herbal favorites…proof that some mass marketed teas (even tea bags) are really good! Try this iced! 4 bags- boiling water- 5 minutes steep time. Pour over ice!