June 10: National Iced Tea Day

I don’t know about where you live, but here summer has just begun. The weather is gorgeous, and nothing beats lounging around outside with a tall glass of iced tea. Now, if that’s not enough reason to make some tea, today is also National Iced Tea Day.

Personally, I’d vote for a glass of good, Southern-style, sweet tea, with plenty of ice and a slice of lemon, but I know some of you will prefer it “black” or with all sorts of funky flavorings – raspberry-peach-mint-cranberry tea!

Many places tell you that iced tea was invented at the 1904 World Fair in St. Louis when a vendor (Richard Blechynden) dumped ice in his tea since no one was buying a hot drink in such hot weather. Although this did happen, various iced teas had been around for quite a while, although many of them included cream and alcohol and were known as “tea punch” (check out the History of Iced Tea for more info).

“That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God.”

Ecclesiastes 3:13


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