Iced Tea or Ice Tea had been around for some years, but its great leap into general consciousness came in 1904 with the World's Fair in St Louis. The temperature was steaming hot. Richard Blechynden, a tea plantation owner, was having a terrible show, so he did what any self-respecting Southerner now does and added ice to his hot tea. It was a marketing master-stroke - iced tea become the tea of the South and even is served now in fancy restaurants in New York City.
Iced tea should be: a dark amber hue, sweet with copious amounts of sugar and made with care. Ice tea is a mainstay of the South (that's how it should be spelt!). Try not to have artificial iced tea, full of chemical sweeteners and flavors - making it yourself will only take 15 - 20 minutes. Iced tea can be made using the traditional hot brewing or cold brewing methods.