Both the English and Americans have been enjoying their tea cold at least since the early nineteenth century, but it wasn’t until the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis that iced tea really took off. It was a particularly hot summer, and sweltering Fair-goers shunned hot drinks in favor of cold drinks, including iced tea.
We haven’t stopped drinking it since. The beverage has been further refined and commercialized, with a wide range of varieties to enjoy at home and away. June is National Iced Tea Month, and we decided to come up with a list of fun ways to celebrate its power to quench our summer thirst.
Rent a Kayak, Bicycle or Motorcycle
Switch up your ride for a day. Skip the bumper-to-bumper traffic and rent a kayak or canoe to paddle on the lake for a few hours. Want to really work your core? Grab a stand-up paddleboard.
If you prefer to stay on land, rent a car with a convertible top and let the wind blow through your hair. Or hop on a bicycle or motorcycle and cruise around on two wheels.
Strike a Pose
Does your idea of a good time involve a little more … air conditioning? Then duck into a photo booth and make your silliest faces. Throwing a party? You can rent a photo booth of your own, including props that you and your family and friends can use to create even sillier photos.
Camp Out in Your Backyard
Who says you have to leave the neighborhood to have an adventure? Why not pitch a tent in your own backyard and stay out there overnight? You won’t have to worry about (very) wild animals, and the beauty of camping just feet from your back door is that you can always order pizza if the grill doesn’t quite work out. Spend the night gazing up at the stars or telling scary stories during your night “out.”
Pull Into a Drive-in Movie
Did you know there are only 336 operational drive-in movie theaters left in the United States? Don’t miss your chance to enjoy the unique experience of watching a movie from the privacy of your own car — or you can choose to sit outside on lawn blankets or a fold-up chair.
Take a Local Road Trip
You know those roads you pass every day and say “I wonder where that leads?” Why not find out? Take your own scenic route and you may discover a new shortcut, or find a neat shop that you never knew existed. And you don’t even necessarily have to leave the state.
Pick Your Own Lunch
Lots of family farms in the U.S. will let you stop by and pick your own fruits and vegetables and teach you how to can or freeze them. You can’t get any fresher than that. Depending on the time of year, you could come home with some blueberries, strawberries, apples, lemons, oranges, peaches, pecans, corn, peppers, cucumbers or tomatoes.
Enjoy a Glass of Porch Breeze Tea
Is your idea of a good time a bit more laid back? Then perhaps the best way to celebrate Iced Tea Month is by kicking back on your porch with a tall, cold glass of Community® Porch Breeze® tea.