Iced tea was most likely introduced to the United States in the early 1860′s. Although it was considered a novelty at first, a decade later the cool drink had already become quite popular. Today iced tea accounts for about eight-five per cent of all tea consumed in the U.S, and is served in stores, vending machines, and restaurants across the country. With a wide range of varieties including bottled, boxed, sweetened, unsweetened, spiced, thai, and chai brands, there is a flavor out there for just about ever tea lover.
I don’t think I know anybody who loves iced tea as much as Chris does. Just about every time we go out to eat, he orders himself a nice cold glass of unsweetened iced tea. I, too, love iced tea, though I don’t have it as often as Chris. I’ll never forget my college roommate boiling up a giant pot of tea on our apartment stovetop, full of what seemed like a hundred little Lipton teabags. After putting it in the refrigerator overnight, and loading it up with unsavory amounts of sugar, the mixture transformed into one of the most delicious tea drinks I’d ever had. I’m a little lazier than Val was, so you’d be more likely to see me ordering a chai tea drink in a coffeehouse than whipping up a batch myself.
To celebrate National Iced Tea Day Chris and I had dinner at the Chik-fil-A in Winchester, on our way to the Family Drive-In in Stephens City, Virginia (where we are finishing our partial celebration from National Drive-In Movie Day last Monday). Chris worked at the Chik-fil-A in our hometown when he was a teenager and he swears that they make the best iced tea (they make the best lemonade too, if you ask me). We both ordered some refreshing iced tea with our dinners, and it was the perfect compliment to a hot, hot, hot day. Now I’m lying in the back of my car, hatch up, writing this before the movie starts. And I’m wondering how many times that iced tea is going to send me to the little girl’s room during the show.
Tomorrow we’re heading to our nation’s capitol once again — to witness the D.C. ride in celebration of World Naked Bike Ride Day.