National Iced Tea Day is observed annually on June 10th. This day is set aside to celebrate one of summer’s favorite drinks. Whether it is sweetened or unsweetened, with or without lemon, it is loved by many and enjoyed by the glass full all summer long.
In Northwest Florida we are a part of “The South” so some “Southern ” traditions do carry on to this day. We serve sweet tea all summer long. We make it by the gallon at least. Most of us have both a dispenser and pitcher devoted to it. We still use tall iced tea glasses too. If you are like most of us it’s your favorite refreshment. You can catch us enjoying it as we watch the world go by our porch. Somtimes history gives us a treat on a hot summer’s day.
Iced tea can be found in many flavors including lemon, peach, raspberry, lime, passions fruit, strawberry and cherry. If you have a hard time choosing try a glass of halves. Half lemonade, half tea. I like the peach and have you tried hibiscus berry? Try adding fresh fruit or vegetables as an infusion or garnish. Peaches, berries, watermelon, lemon, or even some cucumber slices.
An alternative to carbonated soft drinks and quite popular in the United States, iced tea makes up about 85% of all tea consumed. It can be readily found in restaurants, convenience stores, vending machines, grocery stores and self-serve soda fountains.
Recipes for iced tea have been found dating back to the 1870s. The Buckeye Cookbook, published in 1876 and Housekeeping in Old Virginia, published in 1877 both contain iced tea recipes. It is believed, however, that iced tea started to appear in the United States in the 1860′s and became widespread in the 1870s where it was found offered on hotel menus and was on sale at railroad stations. The popularity of refreshing iced tea drink grew rapidly after it was introduced at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.
Green tea has been suggested to be used for a variety of positive health benefits. Any alternative like tea is better for your body than soft drinks.
- Reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease
- Some forms of cancer
- Oral health
- Reduce blood pressure
- Weight control
- Antibacterial and antiviral activity
- Protection from solar ultraviolet light
- Anti-fibrotic properties
- Neuroprotective power
HOW TO OBSERVE
Brew and enjoy a glass of iced tea with friends. Enjoy a drink during lunch at your favorite restaurant. If you venture north and west from the southern states, you cannot get Sweet tea, rasberry is the suggested substitute when you cross the Mississippi River.
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