How cold became the new hot
However, it wasn’t until 1879 that iced tea made its first appearance in print – in a cookery book called Housekeeping in Old Virginia. In the book, the author recommended steeping green tea for a day, then to “fill the goblets with ice, put two teaspoonfuls of granulated sugar in each, and pour the tea over the ice and sugar.”
But the big break for iced tea came 25 years later at the St. Louis 1904 World’s Fair. The hot weather inspired plantation owner Richard Blechynden to add ice to his free tea samples. The cool and refreshing result was an instant hit. It was this promotional giveaway that brought iced tea to popular attention.