The refreshing taste of iced tea

The Refreshing Taste of Iced Tea

Iced tea is a cool and refreshing beverage that has a long history of enjoyment from all walks of life. First let us clarify however, that it is not ice tea it is iced tea, in that it is not made from ice, but rather it is iced in that it is a beverage which has been made cold. Iced tea has a history that dates back to the nineteenth century, and today it is served all over the world. In this article, the story of tea and its presence in the world today will be discussed.

Making Iced Tea
Iced tea is made from any of the regular teas or tea-type leaves that are available at nearly every grocery store across America. Generally the tea is first brewed hot and then made cold, and ways to make the tea cold can either involve storage in a refrigerated area or being iced down with a collection of ice cubes, or even a combination of the two.

Iced tea can be made from black or red tea, white tea, green tea, oolong tea, or even any of the processed teas such as herbal or jasmine, which are in fact not really considered as being true teas at all. In most areas, however, it should be known that the preferred type of tea to use for the making of iced tea is black.

Another way to make iced tea is one way which is particularly popular in the southern areas of the United States, and this involves putting in the appropriate amount of water and a selection of tea, usually bagged, into a clear container to let it literally soak up the sun.

This type of iced tea is usually referred to as sun tea and some believe that by leaving it out to soak up the rays of the sun, it then ends up having a whole different taste altogether. This tea never gets hot at all, so to make it cold it usually is simply iced as many suggest this is the way true iced tea should be done.

Serving Iced Tea
People from all over the world over enjoy this beverage any time of the year but especially in those warm summer months. Some simply enjoy it in a tall glass over ice, while still others prefer to enjoy this beverage in a way that those American southerners also insist is best, which is by dissolving a nice big heaping of sugar into it. This so-called ‘sweet tea’ surely is sweet and in fact resulted in iced tea taking on a whole new meaning.

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