We have been drinking iced tea in North America since the 1900s. At the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904, Richard Belchynden, a tea merchant, found that adding ice to his hot teas was a big hit with visitors coping with the heat.
While most of us enjoy an iced tea in the summer, you will find sweet tea served in the South year-round.
Traditional Sweet Tea
- 3 cups water boiled
- 3 regular tea bags
- 1/2 cup Granulated sugar or sugar substitute
- 1 sprig Mint optional
- 3 slices lemon
- 1 cup water cold
- 1/8 tsp. baking soda
- Pour the boiling water into a large measuring cup. Add the tea bags and steep for 5 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags, then add the sugar, stirring until dissolved. add the sugar; stir until dissolved.
- Pour in the cold water and chill in the fridge. Serve over ice, adding the mint and lemons as garnish.