I don’t know why there would be a special day for iced tea; however, in the U.S., we tend to celebrate some random things. This week, my good buddy, H., sent me information about the U.S.’s bizarre and obscure holidays. She had read my recent posts about iced tea and thought I timed them to coincide with our national celebration of iced tea. “Nope…” I knew nothing about this frivolous designation.
But since I am now enlightened about our national holiday, thought I’d share the info with you. Here’s what the write up says about the U.S.’ National Iced Tea Day
When : Always June 10th
With the official start of summer just a few days away, the timing is perfect for National Iced Tea Day.
Chances are, it is already hot in your area. Today may serve as a good reminder to make and enjoy your first (of many) Iced Tea drink of the season. Have it plain, add a little lemon, or sweeten it with sugar. Iced Tea is certainly a favorite summer cooler of millions of Americans. And best of all, tea is good for your health!
It takes no imagination to decide how to enjoy this great day: Grab an Iced Tea and head out to the hammock strung under a shady tree.
The Origin of Iced Tea: In 1904, English tea plantation owner Richard Blechynden set up a booth to sell hot tea at the St. Louis World Fair. It was a sizzler of a day, and fair visitors didn’t want anything hot. Rather, they needed something to quench their thirst… something cold. He dumped some of his hot tea into ice and served it cold. It was an immediate hit. This was the first known use of iced tea.
What the heck. life’s short… so here’s to celebrating the small things, even a lovely glass of iced tea….and fyi, iced tea was certainly consumed in the U.S. prior to 1904 (although this story is interesting and true)… Folks in the U.S. south are known to have consumed sweet tea scores of years prior to the turn of the 20th century.