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Do you know the origin of iced tea? According to legend, Richard Blechynden, an enterprising English merchant, was put in charge of the tea pavilion during the St. Louis Fair, in 1904 . Unfortunately, in planning for the Fair, he never considered the potential impact of weather. When Mother Nature produced a blistering summer day, cups of hot tea were not a popular item with the fairgoers. Exhausted and desperate to showcase his product, Blechynden tried serving the tea cold in glasses filled with ice. The scheme was an instant success, and iced tea was born.
If you are a fan of iced tea, you should try this variation of the classic iced drink. Enjoy!
Refreshing Citrus Green Iced Tea
2 cups of prepared green tea
3 tablespoons of honey or your favorite sweetener
500 ml (2 cups) of fresh squeezed Grapefruit juice
A sprig of fresh lemon balm to garnish – if desired
Sweeten the prepared green tea with honey, and allow to cool completely. Add the grapefruit juice to the tea in a large pitcher. Add ice cubes to 4 tall glasses, and fill with tea. Top with a little piece of lemon balm if desired. Serve immediately. A variation of this that works well is using orange juice instead of grapefruit.
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