America’s Favorite Summer Drink is Born

It’s hard to imagine summer without a tall, cold glass of iced tea.  But did you
know that the creation of iced tea rested on a spur of the moment decision to
improvise?  It’s true-and here’s how it happened.
Sun Tea – Go Green
With This Classic Iced Tea Recipe
      Sun Tea
        Heres an opportunity to brew up a fresh gallon of iced tea, using
solar power.  That’s right, all you need is a clean gallon jar, cold
water, tea bags, and a few hours in the sun and you’ll have a gallon
of iced tea, or Sun Tea, as it was called in the 70’s.  Here’s what
you’ll need:  A clean gallon jar with a cover, 16 to 18 tea bags
1)  Place the tea bags in jar and fill with fresh, cold water.
2)  Place cover on jar, capping loosely, and place in direct sunlight
for 3 and 1/2 to 4 hours, until desired strength
3)  Remove tea bags
4)  Refrigerate until properly cooled.
5)  Serve in tall glasses over ice, sweeten to taste, and garnish with a wedge of lemon (or
add a fresh sprig of mint).

You can play with this recipe, using different flavors of tea, strength, steeping times, etc.

In the summer of 1904 at
the St. Louis Worlds Fair, a
group of Indian tea produc-
ers set up a special tea pavilion to market
India black tea.

Back then most of the tea drunk in the U.S.
was green tea, so this was going to be
something new, and the Indians thought
they’d have no problem attracting the
attention of the curious Americans with their
type of tea.
The one thing they hadn’t considered,
though, was the temperature.  Under the
supervision of an Englishman named Richard
Blechynden, the Indians offered up their
cups of

hot tea to the fair goers who walked

Some Like it Hot – Some Like it Cold