- Iced Tea Fun Facts?
- Iced Tea Brewing Recommendations
Perfection is a tall order, but we're confident that this blend of a high grown Ceylon tea from the Nuwara Eliya district of Sri Lanka, and a full bodied black tea from Anhui province in China is just that. This claim is sure to draw its detractors and we're Ok with that. Brew yourself a pitcher full and let us know what you think! Cheers!
Origin: Nuware Eliya, Sri Lanka; Anhui Province, China
Ingredients: Artisan Black tea
Good story right? The World's fair...exceedingly hot day...enterprising entrepreneur...the stuff legends are made of. Well, if iced tea was invented in St. Louis in 1904, then how do you explain the details of an article published September 28, 1890 issue of the Nevada Noticer newspaper? The article in question describes a mammoth sized barbecue prepared for 15,000 Confederate veterans over two days in late September of that same year. It details the menu thusly:
The following figures will convey some idea of the amount of provisions used at Camp Jackson during the recent encampment.
There were 4,800 pounds of bread, 11,705 pounds of beef, 407 pounds of ham, 21 sheep, 600 pounds of sugar, 6 bushels of beans,
60 gallons of pickles, and a wagon load of potatoes. It was all washed down with 2,200 gallons of coffee and 880 gallons of iced tea.
880 gallons of iced tea! It should be noted here that this article, published 14 years before the St. Louis world's fair, mentions iced tea without having to offer an explanation as to what that was exactly. This would seem to indicate that tea poured over ice was something that the article's readers were already familiar with!
So what are we to make of all of this? Well, there is no doubt that iced tea was served at the World's fair. One school of thought holds that iced tea, while perhaps not invented at the fair, was indeed popularized there. Whichever story you are inclined to believe we can all agree that iced tea is one of the world's most refreshing beverages. When it's hot out, the tea is brewed, poured over ice, and garnished with lemon and a dash of sugar, nothing else compares.
Place 6 slightly heaping teaspoons of loose tea or 6 tea bags into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 1¼ cups/315ml over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the tea or removing the tea bags. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water. (Note: Some luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality and nothing to worry about.)
Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea or 1 tea bag into a teapot for each serving required. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 6-7oz/170-200ml per serving over the tea. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Add hot tea to a 12oz/375ml acrylic glass filled with ice, straining the tea or removing the bags. Not all of the tea will fit, allowing for approximately an additional ½ serving. Sweeten and/or add lemon to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted. (Note: Some luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality and nothing to worry about!)