Ice Tea or Iced Tea?
“Iced tea may not have as much wisdom as hot tea,
but in summer better a cool and refreshed dullard
than a steamy sweat drenched sage –leave sagacity to the autumn”
One of our Serving Partners was revising their menu and asked me, “is it Ice Tea or Iced Tea?”
Good question! So I thought I would look into the matter. This leads me to the quote above from Linda Solegato, which, in turn, leads me on a slight detour.
First, is the quote. Hot tea does evoke a sense of contemplation. We are often gifted a few moments as the kettle boils water or the tea is steeping. How many great ideas or other inspirations have come from these ‘Tea Times.’ Or what do you call these between times?
I know the time between the honk from the cab’s horn behind you and the light turning green is a New York minute. Maybe I’ll get to that term in a future post, and until then, I’m going with Tea Time.
I expect many will respond with the same moments of reflection as we refresh ourselves with a tall glass of cold tea. Yes, I am waiting to introduce the title term of this post for a bit of drama and SEO benefits. So, is there wisdom in a cold cuppa? I’ll leave that for yet another possible post.
The tangent I mentioned earlier came after a quick search about the author, Linda Solegato. Who is Linda Solegato, and what other gems has she to share? Linda is also credited with a few other non-tea blurbs,
“Plants give us oxygen for the lungs and for the soul.”
“When one of my plants dies, I die a little inside, too.”
“It’s so hot even my fake plants are wilting.”
But, who is this sage? My search leads me to the QuoteGarden website and Terri Guillemets. For some reason, unknown to my sleuthing, Linda Solegato is a pseudonym for Terri Guillemets. She is a lifelong collector of quotes, and her site is fabulous. I plan to return often for more tea quotes for future Sip Locally posts.
Ice Tea or Iced Tea?
But what about refreshing, cold tea. Is it Ice Tea or Iced Tea? That is the question.
I thought a simple search would determine the correct use. And here is a fine time to admit my guilt in using both versions at Local Tea Company along the way. However, I never thought to get to the bottom of this mild mystery. Until now!
Grammarist and Merriam-Webster both offer detailed and similar explanations. Elocution. Both cite ice cream, previously known as iced cream but adjusted for ease of pronunciation. Merriam Webster goes a bit further (or farther) with nods to Waxed Paper, Skimmed Milk, and Boxed Sets. The tea world has not committed just yet. So, both Ice Tea or Iced Tea are acceptable and interchangeable.
History of Cold Tea
The world of iced tea is not that old. The widely accepted story is of Richard Blechyden at the 1904 World’s Fair in St Louis.
The tale goes, the tea merchant Blechyden had planned on promoting
his fine Indian loose leaf tea. The day was scorching hot, and nobody was
interested in his hot tea. He took some ice from the iced cream
vendor next door and added it to all the drinks. This idea proved to be a massive hit, and ice(d) tea was born.
French’s Mustard was also introduced at the same 1904 event, handy trivia knowledge put to good use a few weeks ago. French’s Mustard was founded in my hometown of Rochester, NY. Throw in Long Island Iced Tea, which sounds better, and elocution rules again.
Statistics show that 85% of Americans drink iced tea. And in 2010, ice tea or iced tea actually overtook the Brits in the tea-drinking stakes by consuming so much of the iced beverage!
Health Benefits of Ice(d) Tea
There is plenty of evidence about the great benefits of drinking tea. Tea contains high
levels of antioxidants called polyphenols, which attack the free radicals in our
bodies and stop them from harming our healthy cells.
Do we get more of those antioxidants from hot tea or iced tea? The overwhelming
evidence indicates that higher quality loose leaf tea provides the
most antioxidants (and much better flavor) whichever way you serve them. If you
are among the 65% that use tea bags, you might want to introduce loose tea
into your life and “think out of the bag.”
We think it is worth the small amount of time and effort to brew your iced tea with loose leaf at Local Tea Company.
Many of our Serving Partner clients use large tea sacs to make a gallon of ice(d) tea. We call them bullets and use the large T-sac to contain the tea and one ounce of black or green tea to make a gallon. A little more is required for fruit and herbal tisanes.
Cold Brew(ed) Ice(d) Tea
We have always liked the cold brew method. That is, add cold water to loose leaf tea and leave in the fridge overnight. Try this method with some of the old tea bags you have in a drawer. You will be amazed at the flavor, and a better idea than tossing them the next time you clean out your cupboard.
Ice Tea or Iced Tea? It doesn’t matter according to the grammar gods. It all comes back to our very own adage that I’ll turn into a quote here…
Find the tea you like and drink it.
And drink it often.
Tea is an incredibly healthy beverage and if you like the taste,
you will drink more of it.
Sign up for our Newsletter here, and please share this post on social media. In our Newsletter #4 ‘Why Loose Leaf Tea is Better,’ we share a story from a customer who steeps her tea three times, two times using this Cold Brew method, and then she uses hot water for the last steep.