Iced Tea is second only to water as the most consumed beverage. North Americans drink over 3.6 billion gallons of tea, and about 85% is iced.
We have the 1904 World’s Fair to thank for the lift-off in popularity of iced tea. That exceedingly hot summer meant fair-goers were looking to cool down and what better way than with a glass of iced tea. By the First World War, Americans were buying tall glasses, which became commonly known as iced-tea glasses, long spoons suitable for stirring sugar into taller glasses and lemon forks. Prohibition, which ran from 1920 to 1933, helped boost the popularity of iced tea as Americans looked at alternatives to drinking beer, wine and hard liquor, which were made illegal during this period.
7 Tips for the Best Iced Tea
- Use a strongly flavoured tea, since the cold will dull the flavor.
- Don’t over-steep. Use more tea rather than longer steeping, which brings out bitter tannins.
- If adding sugar, add to hot water.
- Cool before refrigerating. Putting hot tea in the fridge will make the tea cloudy.
- Keep it real: real lemons, loose tea.
- Fresh is best. Make only a quantity that you will drink in 2-3 days.
- Be adventurous. Add mint, orange, peach and other complementary flavours you like.
Loose tea makes the best tea: Hand-picked, two leaves and a bud
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