Ice tea has existed for almost 200 years, yet still popular nowadays.
Ice tea makes people happy and chills during summer times.
The historical significance of Ice tea
The earliest recorded of ice tea was found in 1877, a recipe book called Housekeeping in Old Virginia written by Marion Cabell Tyree and was published in Louisville, Southern America. I think this book can help lots of housekeepers to learn new dishes and make their owners happy at the time. In the book, Tyree describes how to make an original ice tea
“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. At dinner time, strain, without stirring, through a tea strainer into a pitcher. Let it stand till tea time and pour into decanters, leaving the sediment in the bottom of the pitcher. Fill the goblets with ice, put two teaspoonfuls granulated sugar in each, and pour the tea over the ice and sugar. A squeeze of lemon will make this delicious and healthful, as it will correct the astringent tendency.”
In this context shows that people are drinking ice tea in each meal, I think properly it was too hot in the south, so ice tea can make people feel fresh. Later in the early 20 century, an American merchant called Richard Blechynden was found this recipe and sold ice tea at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Ice tea later become nationally and internationally popular.
How to create Ice tea?
- 6 bags black tea
- 8 wide strips lemon zest
- 8 wide strips orange zest
- 8 cups boiling water
- Ice cubes
- Lemon and orange slices (if you like)
- Mix all the ingredients mentioned above from 1 to 3 and boiling water
- Let the steep form just 8 minutes
- Take out tea bags and cool down for an hour or 2 hours
- Or just simply add some ice cubes
- Add lemon or orange slices if you would like
For more interesting to read
Housekeeping in Old Virginia written by Marion Cabell