June 10: National Iced Tea Day

Calamity Jane loves her Iced Tea. Ya could say it is an addiction!

Lil’ ol’ moi takes her Iced Tea straight up in a mason jar on the rocks with a lemon wedge….. Unless I’m feelin’ a little wild!…… Then it’s some fresh mint leaves and a couple dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters.

Mmmmmmm!…. So refreshing on a hot Summer day!

How do you like your Iced Tea?

source: National Iced Tea Day (.com)

Did you know that next to water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world? In 2014, Americans consumed over 80 billion servings of tea, or more than 3.60 billion gallons. Approximately 85 per cent of the tea consumed in America is iced. Ready-to-Drink iced tea has spiked over the last ten years with sales conservatively estimated to be more than $5.2 billion.

We have the 1904 World’s Fair to thanks for the lift-off in popularity of iced tea. That exceedingly hot summer meant fair goers were looking to cool down and what better way than with a glass of iced tea. By the First World War, Americans were buying tall glasses, which became commonly known as iced-tea glasses, long spoons suitable for stirring sugar into taller glasses and lemon forks. Prohibition, which ran from 1920 to 1933, helped boost the popularity of iced tea as Americans looked at alternatives to drinking beer, wine and hard liquor, which were made illegal during this period.

National Iced Tea Day

Calamity Jane