While enjoying refreshing glasses of Lemon & Lime Iced Tea here at Tea HQ USA, we became curious about where iced tea began. We knew tea originated in China, but we were unsure where the ice cold version that 85% of tea drinking Americans enjoy first had its start. When did they decide to start serving hot tea…cold?
A quick search on What’s Cooking America told us that early nineteenth century English and American cookbooks mentioned tea being served cold as green tea punch spiked with liquor. They weren’t calling it iced tea back then, but it sounds like it delivered quite a punch! A few years later, traditional iced tea made with black tea started to appear in the United States. In the 1870s recipes turned up in cookbooks, and the cool beverage was served at hotels and railroad stations. The popularity of iced tea skyrocketed after being available during the hot summer of 1904 at the World’s Fair in St. Louis. The rest is history.
So, in summary, we have been drinking iced tea for about 200 years. That’s a much shorter time than the hot stuff…but it hasn’t affected the popularity of the cool beverage. You can find it almost anywhere...it’s on menus, grocery store shelves, and even at gas stations. Iced tea is available ready-to-drink, ready-to-mix or ready-to-brew.
The good news for all the iced tea drinkers out there is that Brew Tea Co has brought our brewing know-how to iced tea, putting tea where it belongs: at the top of the ingredients list. You’ll find Assam Black Tea, Lime, Vanilla Pieces, Lemon Peel, Sunflower Petals, and Lime Oil on our list. In that order.
Our Cold Brew Iced Tea range features the same awesomeness you find in our hot brew blends. The chunky blends of rolled whole leaves and fruit are designed to make smooth, refreshing cold brew iced tea. And we promise, it’s much tastier than the extract-based iced tea. Our new Cold Brew Lemon & Lime Iced Tea blend is light, lemony, a little bit creamy — good enough to drink straight or cocktail style. It’s the perfect drink on a hot summer day and a beverage you can rely on all year long.
Two hundred years of tea drinkers can’t be wrong. Iced tea is awesome.