On a hot summer day, nothing hits the spot like an ice-cold glass of tea!
June 10 is National Iced Tea Day, a time to honor America’s centuries-old love affair with this refreshing beverage.
At Smokey Mo’s, we’re proud to be part of the celebration! Join us June 10 while we stir up the pot. Enjoy a free glass of iced tea – sweetened with pure cane sugar, or unsweetened – at each of our 16 locations.
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.
- Early recipes for iced tea called for green tea. When green tea grew scarce after World War II, black tea became the base for the drink.
- 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. Studies have found tea may also help with weight loss and prevent tooth decay.
What’s not to love? Join us at a Smokey Mo’s location on June 10 for a free iced tea!