National Iced Tea Day
About National Iced Tea Day
When is National Iced Tea Day? This holiday is always celebrated on June 10
With the official start of summer just a few days away. The timing is perfect for National Iced Tea Day. You can make sun tea on this June 10 holiday. Tea is one of the world’s most popular beverages. Tea was discovered in ancient China during the Tang dynasty in 2,737B.C. Iced tea is a great thirst quencher, almost every day all summer long. Iced tea is organic and it’s good for you.
Chances are, it is already hot in your area. Today serves as a good reminder to make and enjoy your first (of many) iced tea drinks of the season. Unsweetened iced tea has almost no calories, carbs, or salt. Have it plain, add a little lemon, or sweeten it with sugar. Iced Tea is certainly a favorite summer cooler of millions of Americans. And best of all, tea is good for your health!
It takes no imagination to decide how to enjoy this great day: Grab an iced tea and head out to the hammock strung under a shady tree.
Here’s How to Make Summer Sun Tea
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The Medicinal Value of Iced Tea
Since ancient times, people discovered that tea has a wide range of medicinal uses. Modern research has given credibility to many of these beliefs and identified more. In some cases, research is not conclusive. Regardless of the final determination as to its value over time, drink and enjoy because there is no research to suggest that it can hurt you and it just tastes good.
Here are some of the known or suspected medicinal applications:
Avoidance of heart disease
Cancer and tumors
Sore throats and colds (often flavored with honey)
How to Celebrate and Participate in National Iced Tea Day
There are a lot of ways to celebrate National Iced Tea Day.
- Make Sun Tea. It stores well in the refrigerator.
- Drink iced teas. Unsweetened is best for your health.
- Sit on the deck or in a habit as you enjoy it.
- Have an iced tea party.
- Try it with flavors. Peach and berry are the most popular flavors for summer.
“Happiness is having a large, loving, close-knit family in another city.” – – George Burns
History and Origin of National Iced Tea Day
In 1904, English tea plantation owner Richard Blechynden set up a booth to sell hot tea at the St. Louis World Fair. It was a sizzler of a day, and fair visitors didn’t want anything hot. Rather, they needed something to quench their thirst… something cold. He dumped some of his hot tea into ice and served it cold. It was an immediate hit. This was the first known use of iced tea.
Recognizing that this day is in honor of an Englishman if it is a “National” day, it is an English one.
We did not find any government proclamation or British act of parliament declaring this a national day.
Definition of “National” Days – and why it is important to distinguish true National days.
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