Get Started On National Iced Tea Month!

Guess what June is!   In the United States, iced tea is kind of a big deal.   People all over love to sit back on their back porches sipping on a tall glass, sometimes sweetened a bit (a la the South) and garnished with a mint sprig.

Ah, A Nice, Tall, Refreshing Glass of Iced Tea...

Ah, A Nice, Tall, Refreshing Glass of Iced Tea…

But what sparked this love of iced tea?

The first recorded incident of iced tea being serviced would be in Kentucky, where cold tea recipes were appearing prior to the Civil War in cook books.   Makes sense that the hotter states would be the ones to have iced tea first, don’t you think?   However, iced tea was still not a hit with the rest of the United States.

Later, in 1904, the St. Louis World’s Fair was underway.   Richard Blechynden, who was the director of the East India pavilion, was sweltering in the hot sun, trying to get consumers to try samples of hot tea.   Needless to say, this really got him nowhere.

After his fruitless attempts, he tried something new.   Blechynden circulated and chilled the tea through some lead pipes (this is its own separate issue) immersed in ice.   This sufficiently cooled the drink and became a hit with the fair-goers.   Thus, iced tea became popular in the US.

It’s important to make a distinction between iced tea and ice tea, though.   Tea with ice in it is consider and iced beverage.   Green tea was used prior to World War II for this beverage but, after the war, iced tea was made with black tea from India.   Now, most of the commercial iced tea mixes and tea bags are made from mechanically harvested black tea from Argentina.

Remember too, you can enjoy any tea iced!   Simply let it cool and happy sipping 🙂   Again, happy Iced Tea Month!

Lots Of Exciting News In The Tea Love Realm!

Good morning, fellow tea sippers!   Tea Love has A LOT of exciting news to share with you this wonderful day 🙂   I’ll break it up into four parts, to help you out:


A Very Lovely Father's Day To All The Wonderful Dads Out There, Especially Mine <3

A Very Lovely Father’s Day To All The Wonderful Dads Out There, Especially Mine ❤

I hope everyone is doing something nice with their dads today.

2. Tea Love is hosting another talk!

Yes, I will be hosting another talk!   This one will be held on Tuesday, July 16th, at 6:45 PM at the Bradley Beach Public Library, 511 Fourth Avenue, Bradley Beach, New Jersey 07720.   Learn tea basics and be sure to bring your own tea mug to partake in some tea samples.   Tea will be provided by Tea Spot, located in Cranford, New Jersey, and we will be holding a raffle with two baskets!    Sponsored by Bradley Beach Public Library.

Come Out To See Tea Love Speak On Tuesday, July 16th, 6:45 PM!

Come Out To See Tea Love Speak On Tuesday, July 16th, 6:45 PM!

3. Tea Love is hosting a contest!

If you follow my Facebook page, then you saw that on Thursday, I posted a picture of a mysterious package.   Wanna know what was inside?

A Fun Package Of TEA!

A Fun Package Of TEA!

Tea Love will be giving away some of this lovely tea, courtesy of Red Rose and Salada Tea!   You might remember my blog post on Red Rose Tea from January 27th this year.   Well, now Tea Love will be giving away a collection of tea to one lucky winner!   All you need to do is send an email to with your name, your address, and your best tea story (500 words maximum), anything you want as long as you write about tea.   The winner will have their story posted on my blog on Sunday, July 14th and will have this shipped to them:

If You Win The Contest, You Will Receive These Lovely Teas

If You Win The Contest, You Will Receive These Lovely Teas

The package will include 1 (one) box each of Salada Raspberry Green Tea Iced Tea, Salada Peach Nectarine Green Tea Iced Tea, Salada Berry Patch Black Tea Iced Tea, and Red Rose Original Tea.   Winners must be located within the U.s. to receive this prize.   Sorry, all international readers!   The blog post with the winner will hold the first name and first initial of the last name only.   Tea Love will not use any information provided outside of the contest.   No purchase necessary.

4. A Review!

For the rest of June up until July 7th, I will be reviewing these amazing tea packages for you and telling you how wonderfully fantastic they are!   Our first tea?   We’ll discuss the Salada Raspberry Green Tea Iced Tea.

I brewed myself a cuppa last night and chilled it, according to the directions.   This morning, I took my first sip and I must say, absolutely lovely!   There is a hint of raspberry amongst the sea of vegetative green tea.

However, that being said, the green tea isn’t so overpowering that you need to load this particular tea up with sugar to try and get a little sweetness in it.   If you’re not a green tea fan, you might want to add a small spoonful of sugar, but not a lot.   Taste test it before you put the drink in the fridge to cool so that, if you do need sugar, you can add it in and have it dissolve while hot.

The tea is also relatively strong, as well.   There is enough caffeine where I did not need a cup of coffee this morning, but it doesn’t have me crashing either.   One thing that always disappoints me is when I have a cup of tea that tastes more like water than it does tea but this tea has the perfect ratio.

The smell of the tea is rather sharp and you can smell a lot more of the green tea than you can the raspberry.   Since it’s iced, it has a different smell than a cup of hot green tea, but it is interesting and tasty, nonetheless.

Look-wise, it looks gorgeous!   It has a light reddish amber tinge to it and, if placed in a glass pitcher with some ice cubes and maybe even some fresh raspberries on a sunny summer’s day, you have yourself quite the pretty picture.

Overall, I definitely highly recommend this iced tea on a hot summer’s day!

Happy National Iced Tea Month!

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.”

Or You Can Always Take Your Chances And See If You Could Balance Your Tea Cup and Saucer On This Baby.

Or You Can Always Take Your Chances And See If You Could Balance Your Tea Cup and Saucer On This Baby.

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.