As the temperatures soar and my house starts to swelter and my body responds in kind by giving me a nasty cold, I wish you a happy Iced Tea Month! Yes, legend has it that in June 1904, a tea vendor at the St. Louis World’s Fair was having trouble dispensing his ware. After all, it must have been hot, sticky, and who wanted to walk around a fair with a piping hot beverage? Even worse when you want to go on a roller coaster and you have to say, “No, I just bought this tea. I need to wait for it to cool and then I’ll go on.”
So, the vendor started offering the tea for free. People wouldn’t even accept that! So, he decided to run the hot tea through iced pipes in order to chill the tea. This new concoction got some attention and word quickly spread. Then, iced tea was born.
Now, iced tea is easy to make. You brew the tea hot, then you chill it, and there is your iced tea. Make sure to add any sugars to your tea while it is hot, or the sugars will not dissolve.
Want some natural sweetness? Add some fresh fruit to your cup. Then not only will you get your Earl Grey, you’ll get a tasty strawberry along with it.
An extra tip for cooling your tea is, rather than plop ice cubes in your tea and dilute it, freeze some tea and use that as your chiller. That will allow the tea to stay strong and will let you enjoy a cool cuppa.