Summer is here! My favorite season of the year: Swimming, warm temperatures, long days and iced tea. Nothing seems quite as refreshing, or thirst quenching on a hot, humid, summer day than a cold glass of iced tea. Iced tea is a beverage that seems synonymous with summer. In fact, summer officially begins on June 21 and June is National Iced Tea month, coincidence? I think not.
Iced tea originated from consumers lack of interest in consuming hot tea on a hot summer day. In 1904 tea plantation owner, Richard Blechynden, was serving hot tea at the World Fair in St Louis. He noticed that customers were uninterested in his hot tea since it was such a hot, summer day. He decided to pour his hot tea over ice, thus creating iced tea. Since then iced tea has become a beverage of choice for many people.
Iced tea is enjoyed in a variety of ways: sweetened, unsweetened, flavored, with garnish, without garnish, etc. Everyone seems to have their own take on what makes the perfect iced tea.
We thought we would provide you with some fun, refreshing iced tea recipes to help you cool off this summer. Enjoy!
*Note: Although, Bunn brewers are made for brewing coffee, we have many customers who place tea bags in the carafe to make tea.
For all iced tea recipes: In general, it is recommended to brew double strength tea when preparing any iced tea. Otherwise, the ice will dilute the tea with loss of flavor and color.
Regular Iced Tea Recipe
Iced Tea with Strawberries
Add some sweet fresh, cut strawberries to your iced tea.
Green Tea & Lemonade
For a refreshing summer iced tea treat, combine green tea and lemonade in a 50/50 ratio.
Iced Tea with a little kick
* Note: This recipe contains alcohol
This recipe combines black tea with the sweet Chambord liqueur for a summer tea that is refreshing, sweet and has a little kick!
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