National Iced Tea Day on June 10th each year celebrates one of summer’s favorite drinks. Whether you prefer sweetened or unsweetened, with or without lemon, many love and enjoy iced tea by the glass full all summer long.

Creating your custom iced tea is as easy as adding a hint of flavor. Whether you add a squeeze of lemon or the juice of raspberries, lime, passion fruit, strawberry, or cherry, make your iced tea your way.

An alternative to carbonated soft drinks and quite popular in the United States, iced tea makes up about 85% of all tea consumed. Restaurants, convenience stores, vending machines, grocery stores and self-serve soda fountains make finding iced tea easy and convenient.

Recipes for iced tea have been found dating back to the 1870s. The Buckeye Cookbook, published in 1876, and Housekeeping in Old Virginia, published in 1877, both contain iced tea recipes. It is believed, however, that iced tea started to appear in the United States in the 1860s and became widespread in the 1870s. During that time, hotels offered iced tea on their menus and railroad stations offered the beverage as well. In 1904, the beverage was introduced at the World’s Fair in St. Louise causing its popularity to explode.  

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalIcedTeaDay

Brew and enjoy a glass of iced tea with friends. With so many ways to brew iced tea, it’s become more convenient than ever, too. Create your favorite flavors by adding mint, lemon or fruit. Enjoy a drink during lunch at your favorite restaurant.

I love ice tea! I like to drink it plain. I don’t need sugar or sweeteners, I like to drink when I need a break from water.

Did you know that, approximately 85 per cent of the tea consumed in America is iced.

I just listed the healing properties of herbs and spices, so let’s turn our attention to theses five herbal teas and their healthy benefits.

Green Tea

  • Helps boost metabolism for weight loss.
  • Antioxidants for fighting cancer and heart disease.

Chamomile Tea

  • Helps promote sleep.
  • Boosts the immune system.
  • Helps relieve stress

Mint Tea

  • Helps relieve stress
  • Clears sinuses
  • Helps relieve a sore throat

Lemon Verbena Tea

  • Aids in digestion

Ginger Tea

  • Helps reduce inflammation
  • Relieves congestion
  • Clears sinuses

Develop a taste for new spices to add to your favorite dishes. Try a new iced tea. You may find a new healthy drink that will boost your health.