Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tea 101 Iced Tea

National Iced tea month

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"Call me Maybe. I just met you. This is crazy!"...That's exactly like every piece of history, isn't it? June is the National Iced Tea Month. Legal holidays? yeah, time to start to drink tea so that you can legitimately take time off in June! Who name June as the National Iced tea month? National Iced tea association? tea party? they are too busy now!

Do you love iced tea as I do? really? Then you must have heard of the Richard Blechynden version of iced tea story! Mr. Blecheynden certainly was the "cool man" at the 1904 expo. I got a slightly different version of the iced tea story (via)

John Hebron Moore noted in the Encyclopedia of Southern History (LSU Press, 1979) that after failures to introduce tea into Southern States during Colonial times, "Tea was reintroduced to the South during the 1840s by Dr. Junius Smith, who cultivated a small tea plantation near Greenville, S.C., during the 1840s and 1850s. . . . As a result of dissemination of seeds, plants, and literature, tea was widely cultivated throughout the South between 1850 and 1900."
National Iced Tea Month

According to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, "Exactly when the custom of drinking iced tea began is unknown, but it dates back at least to the 1860s, if not long before. A hot drink in vogue in the 1870s, tea à la Russe, made with sugar and sliced lemons, was also enjoyed cold. Iced tea was also available in the 1870s in hotels and on railroads. Its consumption increased as more and more American homes were electrified in the 1920s and acquired electric refrigerators. Iced tea has long been especially popular in hotter parts of the country, particularly the South, but it has become a year-round beverage, often consumed ready to drink in cans and bottles."

One of the earliest mentions of the beverage in the New York Times was in 1876, when one Daniel O' Leary, a "pedestrian", walked 500 miles in six consecutive days.  The Times records of his first day walking: "During the whole of this day he drank a great deal of champagne, as well as iced-tea and chicken soup." ("O'Leary's Five Hundred Miles." New York Times 13 Aug. 1876. ProQuest. Web. 17 May 2011.)

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So? drink more tea in June! That's what I meant!;))
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