History of Iced Tea, History of Sweet Tea, Whats Cooking America. There are two traditional iced teas in the United States.
The only variation between them is sugar. Southerners swear by their traditional sweet ice tea and drink it by the gallons. Home Is Where the Sweet Tea Is. “Y’all want some sweet tea?”
Southern hospitality can be as simple as offering guests a sweating pitcher on a summer day. Sweet tea is a fixture at family reunions, front porches, and Southern restaurants. Steeped in history as old as the colonies, the drink has become iconic to the South. French botanist André Michaux first brought tea plants to South Carolina in 1795. A few tea plantations sprang up in the region, one of the most notable being the Pinehurst Tea Plantation, founded by Charles Shepard in 1888. Image for an iced tea punch recipe in a 1915 Larkin Housewives Cookbook. Most Southerners claim to have the only proper recipe for sweet tea, and there are endless twists on the drink. At American and English parties in the early 1800s, celebrants drank punch, a cold beverage made of green tea, sugar, fruit, and alcohol.
Iced tea was a luxury until refrigeration became widely available in the early twentieth century. The Birthplace of Sweet Tea - Azalea Magazine - Summerville, SC. Summerville’s unique role in the South’s most refreshing cultural phenomenon.
By Will Rizzo There are not many things in this life that can embody the spirit and stride of a culture, that can bridge the gaps that divide us. In the South, sweet tea has leveled the proverbial playing field. There is some kind of mysterious power that is unleashed when a leaf brew and sugar are combined. It has proven to be bigger than any racial or socioeconomic diversity that can sometimes cause division. The tea plant, formally known as Camellia Sinensis, is a distant relative of the giant magnolia trees that grow so proudly along our Southeast Coastal Plains. The first tea plant arrived in this country in the late 1700’s when French explorer and botanist, Andre Michaux (1746-1802), imported it, as well as other beautiful varieties of camellias, gardenias and azaleas to suit the aesthetic and eager longing of wealthy Charleston planters.
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Tetley - About Tea - Tetley Tea FAQ. • Does Tetley® tea have flavonoids?
• How does Tetley® decaffeinate its tea? • How much caffeine is in a cup of tea? • Do Specialty teas contain caffeine? • Do Herbal teas contain caffeine? • How much caffeine is in Tetley® Iced Tea Mix? Does Tetley® tea have flavonoids? Tetley had our hot teas analyzed, and our British Blend contains 200 mg of flavonoids per cup; our British Blend Decaffeinated has 115 mg, our Classic Blend has 156 mg and the Classic Blend Decaffeinated has 90 mg per cup. AMERICAN SWEET ICED TEA. The oldest known Sweet Iced Tea recipe was published in 1879 by Marion Cabell Tyree.
Due to the heat, sweet iced tea is particularly popular in the South (of USA) and it usually comes in a pitcher for quick refill.  The drink was quickly promoted and became well-known throughout North America from being the best drink for the hot summer during the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.  According to Tyree’s recipe, she used green tea in her sweet iced tea.  See recipe below: "Ice Tea. - After scalding the teapot, put into it one quart of boiling water and two teaspoonfuls green tea.
If wanted for supper, do this at breakfast. History of Iced Tea - Dominion Tea. With June being National Iced Tea Month we wanted to explore the history of iced tea a bit more, looking at its origins before 1904 and where it has evolved.
Iced tea came into the mainstream in the United States when it was served, out of necessity, at the World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri in 1904. Birdseye View World’s Fair, Shared by Boston Public Library, CC BY 2.0. Comments.