Who knew? An entire month devoted to my favorite beverage! Now you may think it’s silly to devote a blog entry to iced tea and you may be right. However, I think sometimes amid all the sadness of current events, such as terrible natural disasters and terrorism, here and abroad, we need to find something fun to help us remember that there is more to life.
So, I’ve chosen to write about iced tea. I love iced tea, plain or flavored. I find it enjoyable and relaxing with or without a meal. I have to have my glass of iced tea sometime during the day or the day just isn’t complete for me. I drink so much iced tea throughout the year, that my son claims ice tea runs in my veins! Some people must have coffee or soda throughout the day. I don’t drink coffee and rarely will drink a soda. Many love having a glass of wine or an alcoholic beverage and that’s fine. I used to enjoy those beverages when younger. Now, they just don’t appeal to me. I don’t need the buzz alcohol provides to enjoy myself. And frankly, I take too many medications to mix them with alcohol. So iced tea it is, please.
Of course, I had to look into how June became iced tea month. So I did a little sleuthing on the internet. According to eHow food: Legend has it that a tea vendor at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis popularized the drink. When visitors to the sweltering event turned down free hot tea, he ran it through iced pipes to chill the beverage. Word quickly spread about his cold tea. Iced tea can be brewed from loose tea, made from instant or bagged tea or purchased ready to drink in bottles and cans. Unsweetened, it is a low calorie cooling drink
Iced tea is a genuine American invention and favorite! How to make iced tea? Follow these simple directions:
While some tea bags are marketed as “cold brew” friendly, that doesn’t mean you can’t use the other type of tea bags to brew tea in cold water. While the bags designated for cold brewing may work faster, you can get the same results with standard tea bags, while avoiding the added effort of heating water and steeping the tea before cooling.
- 1-1/2 qts.of cold water
- Container with lid
- 6 to 8 standard-size tea bags
Fill a container with 1-1/2 quarts of cold water. A clear container is helpful so you can see the color of the tea as it brews. Tie the strings of six to eight standard-size tea bags together.
Submerge the bags into the container of water, leaving the top of the strings hanging over the side.
Place the lid on the container to anchor the strings. Put the closed container in the refrigerator.
Wait 8 to 24 hours before removing the tea bags and drinking the cold brewed tea. If you like stronger tea, wait longer.