With long hot summer days starting one of the best ways to cool off is with a tall glass of iced tea. Whether just black tea and lemon, or green tea mixed with fruit or any other iced variations of tea – you should celebrate National Iced Tea day on Monday June 10th. It’s a great day to start off the summer drinking tea iced and sweet.
Iced tea has a long history of helping people cool off and relax in the summer time. According to What’sCookingAmerica.net, cookbooks in both England and America from the early 1800s include recipes for iced-tea punches. Cold green tea punches heavily laced with liquor were popular party drinks.Iced tea,particularly sweet iced tea, is and has been most popular in the American South. Though with all the news about tea, flavored iced teas are in style North, South, East, and West. Going to a local coffee shop or fast food chain consumers have a host of iced tea flavors to choose from including mango iced tea, blackberry green tea, peach green tea and countless more.
While there’s always the classic iced sweet black tea with lemon, there are so many teas you can cool off from summer with, especially on June 10th. One in particular is Rose Iced Tea.
Rose Iced Tea
Total time: Three hours, 10 minutes
3 tsp. black tea (preferably Nilgiri black tea)
2 heaping tsp. dried rosebuds
2 c. boiling water
2 tsp. honey (preferably a mild honey)
1/4 tsp. rose water
2 cups ice cubes or crushed ice
Brew the tea leaves and rosebuds in boiling water for five minutes.
Strain the tea and stir in the honey.
Chill the mixture for about three hours.
Pour over the ice, add rose water, stir and serve, adding more ice if needed.
So whether you decide to make National Iced Tea Day rosy with Rose Iced tea, or drink black iced tea – make sure to enjoy a tall glass or several of iced tea Monday June 10th. It’s a great way to kick off summer and to kick back.