On a hot summer day, nothing hits the spot like an ice-cold glass of tea!
In fact, America has a centuries-old love affair with iced tea. So much so that it has its own national day to celebrate every summer on June 10th. But every day of the year, this refreshing beverage is a perfect complement to mouth-watering Texas BBQ.
Stop into Smokey Mo’s today to enjoy a delicious glass of sweetened or unsweetened iced tea – and with 16 locations – refreshment isn’t far away.
Read the Tea Leaves
Raise a glass to the fascinating history of tea. Here are a few mile markers:
- Tea has been around since 2,737 BC, believed to have originated in China.
- Today, after water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world.
- Tea was introduced to the U.S. in 1795, imported to South Carolina by a French explorer and botanist.
- English and American cookbooks show us that tea has been served cold at least since the early 1800s when cold green tea punches were popularized.
- The oldest sweet tea recipe in print comes from a cookbook called Housekeeping in Old Virginia, published in 1879.
- Iced tea’s popularity soared in the early 1900s, after visitors to the 1904 World Fair in St. Louis were introduced to a new beverage choice on a hot sizzling day.
- By the early part of the 20thcentury, consumers began buying “iced tea glasses” along with long stirring spoons and tiny forks for spearing lemons.
- Just how popular is sweet tea in the South? In 2003, a Georgia state representative tried to pass a house bill that would make it mandatory for all restaurants to serve sweet tea.
- More than 158 million Americans have an iced tea every day.
It’s Good for You, Too!
Not only is iced tea delicious; it’s healthy! Tea contains antioxidants that help remove damaging oxidizing agents living in our bodies. This tasty beverage also offers an array of other health benefits.
Check out these 5 health benefits of Iced Tea:
- Keeps You Hydrated. Despite the common myth that caffeine dehydrates the body, there is ample evidence that tea is a good source of hydration.
- Boosts Your Antioxidants. Tea has around eight to ten times the polyphenol antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables.
- Offers a Superior Swap for Sugary Soda. A 12-ounce can of regular cola contains 39 grams of total sugar – 9.5 teaspoons of sugar and 140 calories. Twelve ounces of unsweetened iced tea has 0 teaspoons of sugar and 2 calories.
- May Help Keep Your Teeth Healthy. Some research has shown that drinking tea may help prevent tooth loss; tea changes the pH in your mouth, which may prevent cavities.
- Calms The Nerves. Tea contains amino acid Theanine which has calming effects that can help you de-stress faster.
What’s not to love? Join us at a Smokey Mo’s location to enjoy a delicious iced tea!