Drinks are such a key part of modern culture that they are so much more than just a necessity for the body. When it comes to quenching thirst and being refreshed on a hot summer’s day, there are a lot of things, you can choose from. Many will crack open a beer or a bottle of wine, but how about sampling some gorgeous iced tea. There are a lot of things you need to keep in mind when it comes to trying this delicious beverage.
In fact, there is even an Iced Tea Day (June 10), solely dedicated to the discovery and enjoyment of all things iced tea related.
Traditional Iced Tea
The first version of iced tea as we know it today, albeit made with green tea leaves, was printed in 1879. Housekeeping in Old Virginia published a recipe by Marion Cabell Tyree calling for green tea to be boiled then steeped throughout the day. Finally, fill the goblets with ice, put two teaspoonfuls granulated sugar in each, and pour the tea over the ice and sugar. Tyree also called for lemon in her drink.
In 1884, the head of the Boston Cooking School, DA (Mary) Lincoln, printed her recipe for pre sweetened iced tea calling for cold tea to be poured over cracked ice, lemon and two sugar cubes. Lincoln's recipe called for the black tea is used today in iced tea as well as sugar proving sweet tea is not just a southern tradition.
Iced Tea Today
Today, iced tea comes in many variations. It is served sweetened, primarily in the southern states, and served black in most others. In many areas of the United States, you'll get iced tea when you ask for ‘tea’ any month of the year. Iced tea is now sold in bottles and is one of the most popular beverages in the world. It can be found in some variation on every continent. From spiked punch to healthy drink alternative, iced tea has travelled a great distance in its relatively short history.
1. Watermelon Iced Tea
Summer fruits are a healthy and delicious addition to many iced tea recipes. This flavourful, thirst-quenching watermelon iced tea is a favourite recipe for many tea lovers.
A fun twist is to use fresh strawberries instead of watermelon to create a strawberry sencha fresca. Either drink is fabulous and an ideal way to enjoy the fresh fruits of summer.
2. Cucumber Mint Iced Tea
Cucumber and mint are a perfect combination and this drink is an ideal way to enjoy both ingredients fresh from the garden. You'll be hard pressed to find a drink as cooling or refreshing as this one.
If you have mint and cucumber to spare, use them to garnish each glass. It's an excellent recipe for summer garden parties.
3. Lemon Ginger Iced Tea
Ginger tea is invigorating and when it's iced, it is a great afternoon pick-me-up. The best news is that this lemon-ginger iced tea is surprisingly easy to mix up.
From there, it's as simple as brewing your favorite green tea and sweetening it with your brand new syrup. Serve it hot or cold, depending on your mood.
4. Peach Iced Tea
Combine freshly brewed or store-bought tea with canned peach nectar, sugar, and lime juice for a sweet summer afternoon drink with just a hint of tart flavour.
This beverage keeps well, so make a big batch and store some in the fridge for thirsty drop-in visitors.
5. Iced Raspberry Mint Green Tea
Fruity raspberry herbal tea and green tea combine for a refreshing drink in this. The recipe requires you to muddle these, which just means to slightly press them against the bottom of the glass while grinding.
Either a muddler or a wooden spoon will work. Since this recipe features naturally sweet ingredients, you won’t have to add sugar, for a healthier alternative to sugar-sweetened tea.
Happy Iced Tea Day
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