June is National Iced Tea Month. According to the tale, a vendor at a blistering hot World’s Fair early in the last century could not even give away hot tea. Out of desperation, he jammed some ice in a cup, poured hot tea over it, and . . . an instant sensation was born!
85% of the tea consumed in the Land of the Free is iced, although most of it is hardly recognizable as tea due to flavorings and sugar. If you want the real thing – freshly brewed and still retaining its healthful properties – do as the original purveyor did: brew a cup of strong tea and pour it immediately over ice cubes. Add lemon wedges or fresh mint as you wish.