When the sun is shining in the sky and the hot weather shows no sign of abating, there has never been a better time to break out a drop of the nation’s favorite tea – iced tea!
- 85% of all tea in the States is consumed as iced tea. If you ask for tea in America, it is most likely to be served over ice.
- National Iced Tea Day is celebrated on 10th June every year, in the United States.
- Iced tea originally was an alcoholic drink. It may contain champagne, brandy, rum and even, all three together!
- Long Island Iced Tea does not actually contain any tea! It is a cocktail of five different types of alcohol; with a shot of cola added to give it its color!
- America is split between the two types of iced tea! Iced tea may generally come in two main varieties. If you live in the South, iced tea is commonly served as a sweetened or flavored tea. Anywhere else, it is a straightforward black tea.
- Iced tea gained popularity during prohibition; when there was a gap in the market for a ‘grown up’ non-alcoholic drink.
- Iced tea has its own glass! Iced tea is popularly served in long glasses and also requires long spoons or even forks to prod the lemon with!
- The largest recorded serving of iced tea took place in 2015, by iced tea maker Lipton.
In October 2015, Lipton created a 12.5 pitcher of the stuff, which contained more than 2200 gallons of water!
The novelty event was done in celebration of Lipton’s 125 year anniversary.
- Iced tea should use cold water! If you want to brew your own iced tea then it is best to use cold water for the process. This should come straight from the kitchen faucet.
Tea experts say that the cold water delivers more oxygen to the tea and enhances the flavor when it is boiled up.
- Tea sommeliers (for they are a thing!) also advise that you steer clear of tea varieties which are overly rich – they don’t taste good when cooled.
- Iced tea is popular all across the globe – not just in the United States, although they are all subtly different and may be brewed and enjoyed in a variety of different ways.
- Prior to World War II, green tea was popularly used to make iced tea. But today, iced tea as a drink usually means black tea.
The change was due to the lack of availability of green tea during the war.