Linda Appel Lipsius
Co-Founder & CEO
Teatulia Organic Teas
5 Essential Facts Every Iced Tea Drinker Should Know
1. Iced Tea Was Introduced at the 1904 World Fair
In the summer of 1904 the World Fair was held in St. Louis, Missouri, and if you didn’t know, summer in St. Louis is hot. Really Hot. Vendors running the East Indian Pavilion were selling hot tea to fairgoers, which wasn’t going over well with the already overheated crowd. In a moment of inspiration, or perhaps desperation, they rigged a dispenser that fed the tea through ice-cold pipes. It could be that the muggy hot weather played its part, but iced tea was an instant hit.
2. People Love Iced Tea (A Lot)
Americans drink over 55 billion servings of iced tea per year – that’s 2.5 billion gallons! In fact, 80% of all tea consumed in the United States is poured over ice.
3. No Better Hydration
Iced tea provides the same hydration as water, but with a delicious, refreshing flavor. It’s one of the most popular summer refreshment because it tastes great, is simple to make, and keeps you cool and feeling hydrated during those scorching hot days.
4. There’s More Than One Way to Brew It
Brewing iced tea is more than just brewing hot tea and putting it in the fridge. In fact, some people are very particular with the way their iced tea is made. In the South, secret sweet tea recipes have been passed from generation to generation. Start your iced tea legacy by reading up on the different ways to brew your perfect batch to entertain at http://www.teatulia.com/recipes/iced-tea.htm
5. Tea and Booze are a Lovely Combination
Magic happens when you mix iced tea with booze. It adds depth and creates a unique flavor profile that cannot be recreated using traditional mixers, liquors or liqueurs. You don’t have to be a trendy bartender to make your own either. One of our favorite recipes you can make today is the Green Tea Ginger Cooler:
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
3/4 oz Simple syrup
1 1/2 oz ginger vodka (we use Skyy)
2 oz strong Teatulia green tea
shake all ingredients with ice, strain and serve in a 12 oz glass with fresh ice and a lemon wedge.
You can find a full list of tea cocktails at http://www.teatulia.com/cooking-with-tea.htm. Enjoy!
What's Cooking America-History of Iced Tea and Sweet Tea by Linda Stradley (http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/IcedTeaHistory.htm)
Iced Tea Fun Facts by Richard Myrick (http://mobile-cuisine.com/did-you-know/iced-tea-fun-facts/)
Teatulia Organic Teas are sourced directly from their own garden in Northern Bangladesh and other like-minded gardens, with no long-term warehouse storage and no waiting around to be put into the right blend by a third party. The results are exquisite, clean and smooth teas that support education, business and health initiatives and demonstrate a thorough commitment to sustainability. Started in 2000 to give back to the local community, the Teatulia Gardens were established as an enterprise that would give the people a living wage while protecting and strengthening the environment. The KS Foundation was launched to give back to the Bangladeshi community and has created revolutionary education, health and cattle-lending programs for the people working in the garden and surrounding areas. All sales of Teatulia Organic Teas contribute to this mission, helping to better the lives of men, women and children in our community while rebuilding the local ecosystem. Teatulia Organic Teas is mindful of how its actions impact worldwide communities and actively supports ethical organizations like the Whole Planet Foundation, Rainforest Alliance, and B Corporation. For more information, please visit www.teatulia.com or call 1.888.860.3233. Like Teatulia Organic Teas on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teatulia and follow us on Google+ at plus.google.com/+Teatulia.
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Linda Appel Lipsius
A Denver native, Linda Appel Lipsius is a tea purist. Introduced to Teatulia by her good friend and business partner, Bangladesh native Anis Ahmed, Linda has learned to love and cherish everything about this ancient beverage. A natural for the tea business, Linda lived in Ireland and England and traveled throughout Asia where she learned how central tea is to so many cultures around the world. Now her mission is to educate the American consumer about the benefits of high quality, sustainably-grown tea.
Lipsius began introducing Teatulia’s single-garden teas to the United States in 2006. Before her career in tea, Linda was a Vice President of Denver-based Orange Glo International where she launched leading brands OxiClean, Kaboom, Orange Glo and Orange Clean in the US, Europe and Asia. Prior to Orange Glo, she directed marketing campaigns for Roche Laboratories at Young & Rubicam. Linda earned her BA from Columbia University and MBA from New York University. A two time featured speaker at the World Tea Expo on the topic of sustainable tea gardens, Linda is an avid runner, yogi and tennis player.