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National Iced Tea Day Celebrates House Wine of the South

It's National Iced Tea Day, a time to celebrate the house wine of the South.  

Sweet, unsweet, half/half, Arnold Palmer (half tea/half lemonade), with or without fresh lemon, or flavored peach, raspberry, lime, passions fruit, strawberry and cherry, iced tea makes up 85 percent of all tea consumed in the United States.

Recipes for iced tea have been found dating back to the 1870s. "The Buckeye Cookbook," published in 1876 and "Housekeeping in Old Virginia," published in 1877 both contain iced tea recipes.  It is believed, however, that iced tea started to appear in the United States in the 1860′s and became widespread in the 1870s where it was found offered on hotel menus and was on sale at railroad stations.  The popularity of refreshing iced tea drink grew rapidly after it was introduced at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis

According the Healthline, the black tea which is most often used to make iced teas, also can have a number of health benefits, including:

  • Sntioxidant Properties.  
  • May Boost Heart Health 
  • May Lower “Bad” LDL Cholesterol.
  • May Improve Gut Health.
  • May Help Reduce Blood Pressure.
  • May Help Reduce the Risk of Stroke. 
  • May Lower Blood Sugar Levels.
  • May Help Reduce the Risk of Cancer.

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