West Chester, Pennsylvania (PressExposure) June 15, 2011 -- XtremeNOMuscleBuilders.com joins the rest of the country in what is considered one of the least known of all the national holidays. For those who haven't been keeping up with these type celebrations, June 10 is National Iced Tea Day and the entire month of June is National iced Tea Month. We all can certainly appreciate that June ushers in the hot and humid weather and iced tea does its share in helping us all through it.
Though it is widely thought that iced tea was first popularized at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, that isn't exactly the case. While the technique used to chill the tea may have been new and innovative, the drinking of iced tea was not.
The exact time that people began drinking iced tea is not known, but it's believed to have been as early as the 1840s. It was noted by John Hebron Moore in the Encyclopedia of Southern History that tea was introduced in the 1840s by Dr. Julius Smith. He had a small tea plantation close to Greenville, South Carolina in the 1840's and the 1850s.
In the 1870s tea à la Russe had become very popular. The ingredients were tea, sugar and sliced lemons and it was served cold. It was also very easy to get iced tea on a train or in a hotel in the 1870s.
History buffs may remember Daniel O'Leary, who covered 500 miles on foot over a period of 6 days. It was reported that in addition to "a great deal of champagne", Mr. O'Leary also consumed a lot of iced tea and chicken soup.
As electricity became more commonplace, Americans purchased refrigerators and the consumption of iced tea soared, especially in the South and other parts of the country that tended to be very hot. Iced tea became so popular that it has become a year round favorite and is manufactured by several companies and available in bottles and cans.
As if there was any question about it's popularity, Prohibition did it's share in the 1920s and early 30s to further cement iced tea's reputation as one of America's leading beverages.
Another tea history tidbit is that it is the most consumed beverage (next to water) in the entire world. In 2010, the American population alone consumed over 3 billion gallons of tea, which equates to more than 65 billion servings.
It has also been widely believed that iced tea is a great alternative to soda and other sugary beverages and will actually boost weight loss, if combined with exercise and a healthy diet.
XTreme NO [http://xtremenomusclebuilders.com/] Muscle Builders is very pleased to be celebrating this holiday with all fellow Americans.