"Iced Tea: 50 Recipes for Refreshing Tisanes, Infusions, Coolers, and Spiked Teas" by Fred Thompson (screen capture from site)

“Iced Tea: 50 Recipes for Refreshing Tisanes, Infusions, Coolers, and Spiked Teas” by Fred Thompson (screen capture from site)

Fred Thompson has written books about a variety of beverages, including lemonade, hot chocolate, and bourbon. But with iced tea season getting under way for so many of us it’s as good a time as any to mention the other beverage he wrote about. Yes, that would be iced tea. Iced Tea: 50 Recipes for Refreshing Tisanes, Infusions, Coolers, and Spiked Teas is not exactly a new release. But it’s kind of an old standby and it’s worth looking at again, given that it’s the time of the year for this sort of thing.

Here’s a volume that came out relatively recently (last year) that I somehow missed. But there’s no time like the present to give it a mention. Tea parties are not my sort of thing, but if they’re yours you might be interested in The Vintage Tea Party Year, by Angel Adoree. It “takes you on twelve months of parties, celebrations and teatime treats as well as introducing more games and craft projects for your chosen theme.”

Which seems to be the follow up and/or companion volume to the author’s The Vintage Tea Party Book: A Complete Guide to Hosting your Perfect Party, which came out a year earlier. If that’s not enough of this sort of thing for you, then take a look at Vintage Tea Party, by Carolyn Caldicott, which was published the same year.

I wrote about clipper ships and most notably the Cutty Sark in an article that was published here a while ago. If you’d like a much more in-depth look at the Cutty Sark you should probably check out the forthcoming Cutty Sark: The Last of the Tea Clippers, by Eric Kentley. It’s described as “the eventful history of one of the world’s most famous and celebrated ships.”

I might have let it slip before that the British are rather fond of tea. If you doubt it even for a moment, then consider the name of this very blog site, for starters. Not that I really needed to convince you but if you’d like to read about how tea came to be such a big deal for the British try Tea: A History of Britain’s Greatest Love Affair, by Paul Chrystal. Which promises to reveal “how tea has defined us and informed our way of life over the last 500 years.”

See more of William I. Lengeman’s articles here.

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