Annual Iced Tea Day - June 10th
Iced Tea Day - June 10th
It's believed that iced tea started as a novelty in the United States in the 1860's and became widespread in the 1870's where it was found offered on hotel menus and was on sale at railroad stations. The popularity of this refreshing iced tea drink grew rapidly after it was introduced by Richard Belchynden, an American merchant, credited for inventing it at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. He was sampling and selling hot tea at his fair booth, but few fair-goers were in the market for hot beverages in the intense summer heat. So, he added ice to the steeped tea and voila!