June is National Iced Tea Month in the US, marking the beginning of iced tea season. Around 85 percent of Americans take their tea iced, so it’s no surprise that it was given its own month and official day (June 10). To honor this day, here are a few things you can do to honor the icy cold drink.
Make ice from tea! If you love your tea iced but hate the watery taste coming from the ice, then make tea ice from your iced tea! Brew your tea as you normally would, flavor it to your liking and let it cool it down. Once your tea is cool, pour some into an ice cube tray. Let it sit in the freezer until completely frozen. Add to your iced tea once it’s ready!
Add your favorite juice to your iced tea! The late Arnold Palmer was not only known for golf but also his drink, the Arnold Palmer. An Arnold Palmer is a mix of half lemonade and half iced tea. You could also add other juices, like orange or watermelon, to make your iced tea even more refreshing!
Make sun tea! Sun tea is tea that is brewed and sitting in the sun. To make sun tea, get any size clear container with a lid and some tea bags of your choice. Fill the container with water and add the teabags. Let the container sit in the sun for about 2-4 hours. Once your sun tea is brewed, pour some in a glass and add ice!
Try a new iced tea like Thai iced tea, Taiwanese bubble tea, or iced Indian Chai. It’s fun to be adventurous so when an opportunity comes to try a new iced tea, take it! Thai iced tea is Ceylon tea, milk, and sugar while bubble tea is made with Oolong tea (or any other tea to your liking) and has cooked and sweetened black tapioca pearls to add the bubble effect. Finally, Indian Chai tea is a mixture of black tea and Indian spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves. Iced chai tea is so delicious and refreshing that you’ll wonder how you lived without it.