Iced Tea Time
Summer is the season for all things cool. From air conditioning to freeze pops, when the temperatures heat up we humans are always looking for ways to cool down. In fact, we'll even turn hot drinks into cold refreshing beverages. Case in point is that American classic – iced tea.
For many centuries, tea has been the prevalent drink around the globe and today is still consumed by many cultures. Once tea arrived in the colonies, it not only caught on as a favorite drink, it also helped to spark the American Revolution for independence when the Sons of Liberty dumped chests of tea into Boston Harbor in 1773.
Not long after that, clever New Englanders began to cut large chunks of ice from frozen lakes and then insulate it with sawdust to keep it frozen during the warm summer months. The ice cube industry was born and iced tea was on its way to becoming a favorite American summertime drink.
Here are a few of our favorite iced tea tips that should keep you enjoying this beverage all summer:
Frozen Iced Tea Cubes: Instead of diluting your iced tea with ice cubes made with water, use ice cubes made with frozen tea. You can also use frozen iced tea cubes when serving lemonade for an interesting color contrast and a little jolt of caffeine.
Iced Tea Smoothies: The next time you whip up your favorite fruit smoothie, add some iced tea into the blender for a metabolism boost.
Use a Glass Pitcher: If possible, avoid using plastic or metal pitchers for storing your iced tea. Using a glass pitcher will ensure that great taste of your iced tea will shine through in every sip.
Iced Tea Mixology: In addition to the golfing crowd favorite – ice tea mixed with lemonade – you can really get creative by mixing iced tea with various fruit juices and flavored waters.