The surprising story of American Iced Tea
This story of iced tea dates back to the early 1800s. American ‘cookery book’ began publishing cold ‘tea punch’ recipes, usually made with green tea and spiked generously with alcohol.
Almost a century later, iced tea got its big break at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. A heat wave had hit the town, and tea seller Richard Blechynden took the opportunity to served iced Ceylon black tea to fair-goers. It was a huge hit, and soon after that, this refreshing beverage began popping up in more and more places.
Americans have embraced iced tea since then, and today about 80% of tea drunk in the States is iced! Also see our tea ice cube recipes to avoid the dreaded summer problem of melted ice diluting your favorite drink.
Here are just a few of our 60+ Iced Teas:
This tea is an exotic explosion of fruit flavors, including mango, pineapple, tangerine and strawberries.
The ultimate iced green tea. Add some frozen watermelon puree and fresh watermelon juice for a summer cooler.
Juicy passion fruit makes a tangy-sweet infusion balanced by creamy papaya and fragrant rose blossoms.