August 9, 2000 |
After water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. Yet it is only in America that tea is served over ice. The hot climate of the South--where the vast majority of the country's tea is consumed--may partially explain our preference for iced tea, but consider that the world's greatest tea drinkers, the British, never stopped drinking their tea hot, even when they presided over their exceedingly tropical colony, India.
November 18, 2007 |
McDonald's Corp. said it would start selling sweetened iced tea, smoothies and bottled beverages to build on U.S. sales gains from specialty coffees. The addition of the new beverages in the next two years would increase annual sales by $125,000 a restaurant, Donald Thompson, McDonald's U.S. chief, said during a meeting with analysts. Average revenue per restaurant is $2.2 million a year. "We call our iced-tea business money in a cup," Karen King, eastern U.S.
January 16, 1994 |
It began, for me, like this: As I nearly always do when dining out, I ordered an iced tea. The waiter brought it to me and I took a hearty gulp. It nearly came back up. "Waiter," I said, beckoning. "Excuse me, but there's something wrong with this tea. It tastes like something got into it. May I have another one?" "Oh, I'm terribly sorry, sir. Certainly." But the next one was no better. The taste was, I came to find out, intentional.
July 25, 2001 |
I was a tea drinker long before I met my Irish husband, but after I met him a morning pot of strong tea became an established ritual in our home. Darjeeling is my brew of choice, and I always make a big, full pot of it, even if we have only enough time for one cup before we're out the door. I know I'll finish it off before the day is out. This is especially true in summer, when I use what's left of my morning tea for iced tea.
July 24, 1997 |
The classic cool-down with some glamorous new variations: * Seattle's Best Coffee: This small coffeehouse chain offers an iced chai latte--that is, a traditional Indian-spiced black tea with milk. It also offers regular iced tea and a refreshing black mint tea. All of the other teas for sale, including herbal varieties, can be brewed and iced to order. (Iced tea, $1.05; iced chai latte, $2.50-$3.20.) Seattle's Best Coffee, 12222 Wilshire Blvd., (310) 442-1031; 1015 Montana Ave.
June 30, 1994 |
Tea is absurdly easy to make, so why do so many of us buy bottled iced tea? Well, maybe we're somewhere (such as work) where we can't make it. Maybe we're home, but at this time of year we can't bear to turn on a burner, boil water, stand around while the tea steeps and then wait for it to chill. Maybe the idea just sounds good when we want a soft drink that isn't as sweet as a soda. It's true, sweetened tea generally has about half the calories per ounce of a non-diet cola.