Tired of winter too? We’re already dreaming of having fun in the sun, sipping on our iced tea… it’s like the cool fun cousin of regular tea. Let’s celebrate this refreshing drink and take a look at popular iced tea drinks from around the world!
Thailand’s Iced Milk Tea
Creamy, fragrant and healthy, Thai tea takes black tea to another level. Iced Thai tea is strongly-brewed black tea, often spiced with star anise, crushed tamarind, cardamom and other spices. The brew is then sweetened with sugar and condensed milk and served over ice. This distinctly orange drink is a clear favourite among masala chai tea fans all over the world!
Taiwan’s Bubble Tea
Bubble tea was invented in Taiwan, and the “bubble” part of its name refers to the froth you get from shaking it. Freshly brewed tea is shaken with ice, which gives it a bubble froth at the top of the drink. The best part of bubble tea are “toppings” like tapioca pearls, jellies and boba that you see in the bottom of the drink. So bring out those thick straws and slurp on the drink + snack that is bubble tea!
Sweet Tea from Southern United States
Synonymous with the culture of Southern United States, sweet tea is made by adding sugar to bags of black tea brewing in hot water while the mixture is still hot. The tea is then served ice-cold and sometimes is flavoured with raspberry, peach, lemon or mint. Sweet tea is served everyday and on every occasion. No wonder southerners like to say they’re “raised on sweet tea and sunshine!”
Hong Kong-style Iced Milk Tea
Hong Kong’s iced milk tea has a creamy texture with a sweet and rich flavour and it’s easily available in any local restaurant or cafe. The traditional way of making the tea is to brew loose leaves and then drain the tea repeatedly through a muslin strainer. Due to the colour of the strainer and the finished tea, it’s also commonly called “silk stocking tea”.
Named after the American golfer, this drink is half iced tea and half lemonade. Needless to say, Mr.Palmer was in the habit of having lemonade and iced tea together and can be credited for the creation of this refreshing concoction. According to legend, he once ordered this non-alcoholic drink at a bar where a lady overheard him and requested “the Palmer drink” from the bartender. The rest is history.
Matcha Iced Green Tea
Matcha is having a moment in history. Everyone seems to be obsessed with its beautiful green colour and unique taste. Matcha literally translates to “powdered tea.” Matcha iced green tea is made with smooth and creamy matcha that is lightly sweetened and served with milk over ice. It’s refreshing, healthy and definitely instagram-worthy!
Long Island Iced Tea
Plot twist! Long Island iced tea doesn’t have any tea in it! It still made the list because it’s probably the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear “iced tea”! This cocktail is known by its name because of the common colour it shares with a regular iced tea.
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