While tea has been enjoyed for thousands of years, iced tea is a relative newcomer to the U.S. beverage world. Iced tea first became popular in the early 1900s, after making a splash at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis due to the hot summer weather. However, it wasn’t until Prohibition that iced tea truly secured a spot in the American beverage market. Clubs and hotels needed a substitute for the hard liquor they could no longer serve, so they turned toward strong iced teas—a delicious, flavorful and legal beverage.
In fact, according to a 1921 book, The Spice Mill, Prohibition increased tea consumption in 1920 to 1,496,236 pounds more than the previous year!
Since the 1920s, iced tea has remained a popular refreshing drink. Today, approximately 75-80% of tea consumed in the United States is iced. We’ve even created a holiday, National Iced Tea Day, in honor of the beloved drink! To help celebrate this delicious day, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite iced tea recipes below:
Apricot Lemonade Iced Tea
Serves: 12 / Prep: 10 mins / Cook: 5 mins
Though you can’t go wrong with a classic Arnold Palmer, try mixing it up by adding a touch of smooth and sweet apricot to it. We recommend our Porch Breeze™ Signature Iced Tea for this refreshing recipe by Taste of Home.
- 4 cups water
- 7 Porch Breeze™ Signature Iced Tea bags
- 1 cup sugar
- 12 ounces frozen lemonade concentrate, partially thawed
- 1 cup chilled apricot nectar
- 4 cups cold water
- Ice cubes
- Mint sprigs
- In a saucepan, bring 4 cups water to a boil; remove from heat. Add tea bags; steep, covered, 5 minutes.
- Discard tea bags. Stir in sugar until dissolved; cool slightly. Transfer to a pitcher; cool completely.
- Add lemonade concentrate and nectar to tea; stir in cold water. Serve over ice with mint.
Coconut Lime Iced Tea
Serves: 12 / Prep: 5 mins / Cook: 20 mins
If you’re looking for a unique drink with a tropical twist, try using coconut water in addition to regular water to brew your iced tea.
- In a large pot, bring the 4 cups of water to a boil. Remove from heat. Add tea bags; let stand for 10 minutes. Discard tea bags.
- Pour tea into a large container, mix in coconut water and lime juice. Serve over ice with the lime zest on top.
Sweet Citrus Iced Tea
Serves: 12 / Prep: 5 mins / Cook: 10 mins
If you prefer green tea, this Sweet Citrus Iced Tea recipe from Taste of Home is for you.
- 14 ½ cups water, divided
- 10 Porch Breeze™ Green Tea bags
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 2/3 cups lemon juice
- ¼ cup thawed orange juice concentrate
- Ice cubes
- In a large saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Remove from heat. Add tea bags; let stand for 10 minutes. Discard tea bags.
- Pour tea into a large container. Stir in the sugar, lemon juice, orange juice concentrate, and remaining water. Refrigerate until chilled.
Serve over ice and enjoy!