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Favoring Iced Tea

If they are giving out awards for the person who loves iced tea the most, they would probably choose my mother. An image of my mother doesn’t seem c...

 

If they are giving out awards for the person who loves iced tea the most, they would probably choose my mother. An image of my mother doesn’t seem complete if she is not holding a tall glass of one of her favored iced tea recipes in one or even both of her hands. The tea glass becomes her scepter. She holds it very elegantly and takes dainty, little sips. Whenever I go home, watching my mother drink her iced tea is the one thing that makes me feel that I am home indeed. And my Mom isn’t the only one who favors iced tea recipes – you probably know of one or several others.


An American Favorite

Iced tea recipes began appearing in American cookbooks in the late 1860s. These cookbooks however, were not widely distributed. Iced tea became an official hit when it was served during the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. It has grown in popularity ever since, especially with the advent of developments in refrigeration. Iced tea recipes have become especially popular as a summertime drink.

The popularity of iced tea recipes in the States never caught on in other countries. English and Irish children are generally raised on hot tea, so the taste of watered down cold tea may be unappealing for them. The United States and some parts of South America are really the only countries that have actively embraced iced tea recipes as part of their daily lives.


Cold Vs Hot

To make iced tea, you make a pot of regular tea, add a sweetener (this being the optional scenario), mix it in a pitcher and fill with cold water. The usual ratio of tea to cold water is about one to three. Since served over ice, iced tea does not give you the full flavor of cooled off hot tea. While some may say that iced tea recipes create only tea-favored water, it is however, incredibly refreshing. Lots of people who favor iced tea recipes like my mother like to add fresh slices of lemon or lime in their tea. Still others like to add a fresh sprig of mint as well. While some cold tea drinkers may prefer it, most people who love iced tea never put any milk in it.

Iced tea powders are quite inferior to the taste of the real thing, although they are easier to find in supermarkets. The disadvantage of powdered tea mixtures is that you have no control over the amount of sweetener, and the artificial flavorings or preservatives added into it. But if you love Kool-Aid, however, you will most likely enjoy instant tea mixes. A real iced tea gourmand like my mother would never drink instant tea, but always cooled off real tea mixed with water. If you try to fool them with instant iced tea recipes, you will never succeed. They always know the difference.