It’s National Iced Tea Month

by in Holidays, June 1st, 2011

iced tea
June is National Iced Tea Month — so get out your tall glasses and ice cubes and celebrate the warm weather by pouring yourself a home-brewed glass of iced tea.

According to Food Network’s Encyclopedia, “Tea grew wild in China until the Chinese determined the leaves helped flavor the flat taste of the water that they boiled to prevent getting sick. All tea plants belong to the same species, but varying climates, soils, etc., combine in different ways to create a plethora of distinctive leaves.”

Whether enjoyed plain, sweetened, flavored or spiked, sip down this cool drink with one of these recipes:

Giada’s Sweet Apple Iced Tea
Thai Iced Tea
Ellie’s Lemon-Ginger Iced Tea With Berry Cubes
Iced Tea With Grenadine

blackberry bourban iced tea
Bobby’s Whiskey Spiked Peach Iced Tea
Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea (pictured above)
Sandra’s Porch Swing Iced Tea
Aaron’s Flying Eagle Iced Tea

Long Island Iced Tea: In case you don’t know, Long Island Iced Tea has nothing to do with tea, just a whole lot of alcohol and cola. Watch this video as Ina explains.

Food Network Magazine asked Food Network Star judge Bobby Flay and last season’s winner, Aarti Sequeira, to mix up their best iced tea. Who makes the better drink? Check out their recipes and vote here.

Browse more of Food Network’s iced tea recipes.

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Comments (7)

  1. Tony says:

    This post makes me thirsty. Does anyone have suggestions on the best way to make Ellie’s Lemon-Ginger Iced Tea With Berry Cubes alcoholic?

  2. socialmediaflyy says:

    My favorite Recipe for SOUTHERN SWEET ICED TEA: definitely gotta use Luzianne… it's my FAVE
    – Pour 2 cups of boiling water over 1 LUZIANNE tea bag
    – Steep 3-5 minutes, remove tea bag
    – Add your favorite sweetener if desired and stir
    – Add 2 cups of cold water and chill

    Makes 1 quart (32 oz)
    To prepare a half gallon use 2 tea bags and 8 total cups of water

  3. runner says:

    love, love, love Luzianne it is the best tea for southern iced tea. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy outside of the southern belt. I always buy in bulk when I visit family down south.

  4. Hi, you have an awesome site. I will bookmark it and visit again in the future. Thanks!!

  5. Neat info! I will send your post to friends.

  6. Kathi Townzen says:

    I wanted to find the iced tea drink spiked with Lemoncello….? I guess I'll just fix the tea and add some Lemoncello?

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