AMERICAN ICED TEA may be OLDER than we THOUGHT!
We know about the 1904 St. Louis Worlds Fair when Richard Blechynden added ice to his EAST INDIA PAVILION for his tea samples.
However, Bruce Richardson the owner of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas, has done some homework. He found that in 'THE KENTUCKY HOUSEWIFE' a pre-civil war cookbook tells how to make it. At that time, they took ice from the stone icehouse, where winter ice was stored from a nearby river, to use for making ice cream, iced tea, and the occasional mint julep.
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