It might be surprising to learn that tea has been served cold in this country for centuries. In fact, in the early 1800s, cold tea was served in the form of green tea punches, spiked with alcohol such as claret or Champagne. By the middle it the 19th century, versions of these punches acquired regional and patriotic names like Charleston’s St. Cecilia Punch, named for the annual musical ball at which it was served, or Savannah’s Chatham Artillery Punch.
Later, sweet tea became a staple beverage in the South. The oldest sweet tea recipe on record dates back to 1879. However, iced tea was really commercialized at the World Fair in St. Louis in 1904. Due to a particularly hot summer that year, fair goers turned to the refreshing flavor of cold tea to cool themselves off.
Any form of dry tea may be iced according to one’s tastes. It is commonly available sweetened or unsweetened and served with a slice of lemon. However, throughout the country, iced tea has been adapted to meet climate and cultural preferences. In the Southwest, for instance, iced tea is more often accompanied by lime than lemon.
Although fresh brewed iced tea is most often black tea, such as Orange Pekoe, fruit flavored teas and herbals teas are now not far behind. Jasmine Tea, Earl Grey and Spiced Chai over ice are among the other popular variations. Cool off with your favorite Bigelow tea over ice today!!!
Health is something that is very important to me. Each and every day, I strive for optimum health and tea has become quite a big part of that. I began my tea journey about eight years ago and have fallen deeper and deeper in love with tea each day. There are … Continue reading
The idea of tea arriving at my door step through a subscription service has always been exciting. Recently I had something almost more exciting come to my door….a chocolate subscription box! Similar to a tea subscription, this box arrived with a selection of chocolate bars from makers all over the world to discover. I was gifted a Kekao Boxand it blew me away! My box consisted of 5 premium specialty crafted dark chocolate bars and I immediately had to steep some teas and get pairing. Chocolate and tea pairings allow you to experience more flavours from both. For best results, using both high quality tea and high quality chocolate is recommended. Luckily, that was all I found in the Kekao monthly chocolate box.