- The oldest known recipe for sweet ice tea was published in 1879 in a community cookbook called Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree. This recipe calls for green tea. In fact, most sweet tea consumed during this time period was green tea. However, during World War II, the major sources of green tea were cut off from the United States, leaving consumers with tea almost exclusively from British-controlled India.
- “Texas tea” in the Beverly Hillbilly’s TV series’ theme song refers to oil–nothing to do with tea at all.
- The famous “Long Island Iced Tea” drink doesn’t contain any tea—at all. Be careful J
- Richard Blechynden was an American merchant who is credited with popularizing Iced tea. He sold iced tea at the 1904 World’s Fair, after which the drink attained nationwide recognition It has been more than 110 years since Blechynden’s cool idea and iced tea remains one of the America’s most beloved beverages.
- In 2003 Georgia state Representative John Noel tried to pass a house bill making it mandatory for all restaurants to serve sweet tea. Mr. Noel insists it was an April Fools’ Day joke but admits he wouldn’t mind if it became law.
- Today, if you ask for an “Arnold Palmer” you will be served a mix of iced tea and lemonade. It is named after its creator, golf legend, Arnold Palmer (more on Arnold Palmers at a later time!).
- An Arnold Palmer or Arnie Palmer is a beverage consisting of half iced tea (either sweetened or unsweetened) and half lemonade named for golfer Arnold Palmer.
- The drink was reportedly invented at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado. According to stories amongst club members, Palmer grew angry at a bartender at the club because the bartender refused to mix lemonade in his iced tea. The bartender relented and the drink was born.
Our Iced Tea Sampler SimpliciTEA box contains:
- 3 – (1oz) cans of: Wolfberry Melon, Blue Eyes Tisane, and Tropical Breeze Teas;
- 1- Tea Infuser;
- Reusable Straw;
- Garrett’s Popcorn (while supplies last);
- Instruction card for brewing cold and hot iced tea.
Consider adding the SimpliciTEA box to your self-care routine by indulging in your very own tea experience in a box!