Tea has been around forever, but iced tea didn’t burst onto the scene and win over America’s hearts and minds until 1904. In that year, visitors to the St. Louis World’s Fair were greeted by exceedingly hot weather. Tea plantation owner and merchant Richard Blechynden, who was present at the fair, took advantage of the situation by selling chilled tea drinks (instead of hot tea) as a cold refreshment. The rest is history. On June 10, we fill our glasses with iced tea (sweetened or unsweetened—that’s your call) and celebrate National Iced Tea Day.
NATIONAL ICED TEA DAY ACTIVITIES
- Drink it like Southerners doTake an hour out of your day to steep some sweet tea, which has been a staple in Southerners’ diet for a century or more. Park yourself out on the front porch, rock back and forth in your rocking chair, and sip your icy concoction while reading “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Don’t have a porch or a rocking chair? A living room and couch will do.
- Host an afternoon iced tea partyInvite your friends over for tea time. Organize an outdoor seating area, get out your tall glasses and long stirring spoons, and as an added bonus, prepare a homemade tea dessert. That’s right — there’s a dessert that’s made specifically to go with tea.
- Brew a unique iced teaThere are many ways to enjoy an iced tea. Find a unique iced tea recipe that suits your tastes. For best results, plan ahead —the most delicious iced tea is steeped overnight for eight hours.