The small history of iced Tea


Iced tea is something that is only just becoming popularised in the UK, possibly because Brits are only just becoming adventurous enough to tear ourselves away from the classic milky, sweet black brew that we love so dearly. But in America iced tea creates approximately 85% of tea consumed it’s history has deep roots in America. In 1904, on a hot day at the World’s Fair in St. Louis, Richard Blechynden helped to increase iced teas popularity by pouring hot tea that wasn’t selling over ice, thus making it known and popular among many more. Good old Richie B is often cited as the creator if iced tea, however a selection of recipe books dating back to the 1860’s and 70’s contain guides to making iced tea. Again popularity of iced tea spiked in the 1920’s and 30’s as an alternative to alcohol, which was made illegal. Looks liked iced tea has a colourful past.

Iced Tea History St. Louis Worlds Fair

For more inspo and iced tea recipes check out my dedicated iced tea section!


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