Iced teas, the healthy choice for summer
Refreshing and thirst-quenching, iced tea, when prepared simply as it is with good-quality leaves, is a flavorsome and healthy drink for summer – good for your body and the planet!
The heat of summer is here and with it the need for refreshing drinks. It’s better to drink healthy home-brewed alternatives rather than ready-made sweetened beverages. Interestingly, the craze for iced tea doesn’t come from hot countries, where people are used to drinking hot tea, but from the United States.
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Richard Blechynden is credited with making iced tea popular, at the 1904 World’s Fair in St Louis, Missouri. As the Commissioner of Indian Tea and Director of the East Indies pavillion, he served visitors hot tea, but the heat-weary crowd wasn’t keen on it. So he decided to offer iced tea and the thirsty visitors lapped up the refreshing drink. Iced tea became hugely popular, appearing on hotel menus and sold in train stations.
It was also produced for mass consumption – made from highly sweetened powdered tea – and soon iced tea was being consumed almost everywhere in the world. In Japan, the teas are very well suited for brewing at room temperature, and are enjoyed both hot and cold. In countries such as Thailand, iced black tea is traditionally made with spices and milk.
In South America, mate is drunk very chilled in hot weather, sometimes with lemon or mint. In Europe, Switzerland is said to be the largest consumer of iced teas. 100g of Palais des Thés loose-leaf tea will make 6.25 litres of iced tea, the equivalent of a pack of iced tea bottles sold in supermarkets.