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Celebrate National Iced Tea Day with These Tasty Recipes

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, bring 4 cups water to a boil; remove from heat. Add tea bags; steep, covered, 5 minutes.
  2. Discard tea bags. Stir in sugar until dissolved; cool slightly. Transfer to a pitcher; cool completely.
  3. 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.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!  


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