Tradition of Iced Tea Newsletter
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SHARE THE TRADITION - ICED TEA
The idea of drinking iced tea originated at the St. Louis
World Trade Fair in 1904. At that time most of the tea drunk in the U.S.
was green tea from China and, in order to popularize black Indian teas, a
group of Indian tea producers organized a special tea pavilion under the
direction of Englishman, Richard Blechynden and staffed by Indians who
offered cups of hot tea. Temperatures soared during the fair soared and
unlike the British, who recognize hot tea's thirst-quenching qualities on
very hot days, the Americans ignored the brew and went in search of cold
drinks. In a desperate effort to sell his product, Blechynden packed ice
cubes into glasses and poured the tea over. As word got around, customers
started lining up to buy the cooling beverage. It was, along with the
Egyptian fan dancer, the hit of the fair! By 1992, the U.S. was consuming
between 1.6 and 1.8 billion glasses of iced tea per year. More than 80% of
all tea consumed in the U.S., is served over ice and almost 80 percent of
American households drink iced tea. As for the British - they still prefer
their tea hot!
ICED TEA RECIPES
|ICED TEA FOR A CROWD
Place one-ounce loose-leaf tea (1/4 of four ounce bag
of tea) CoffeeCakes.com black, green or rooibos chai tea in a gallon pitcher or
jar. Fill the jar about one-quarter full of near boiling water. Let
steep for five minutes. Fill with cold water and chill. Serve over
ice cubes with lemon and honey, if desired. View our tea selection for teas that go well with our coffee cakes. We recommend Ceylon-Black tea, Ceylon - Green Tea and Mandela Masala (Rooibos Chai) for making iced tea.
ICED MINT TEA - Serves Four
- 4 springs fresh mint
- Freshly squeezed juice of 2 oranges and 4 lemons
- 4 cups freshly brewed strong Ceylon black tea
- 1 small piece fresh ginger root shredded
- 2 cups cold water
- Sugar to taste
Crush the mint and put it into a glass jug. Pour in the fruit
juices and the strained tea. Add the ginger, sugar to taste and the
cold water. Strain and chill for at least one hour, then serve with
plenty of ice and garnish with mint leaves and a slice of orange.
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The History of Tea, http://www.stashtea.com/facts.htm
Jane. The Tea Companion, New York, MacMillan, 1997.