In 1904, at the St. Louis World’s Fair, Richard Blechynden inadvertently created iced tea.
Richard Blechynden was the Commissioner of Tea for India and the Director of the East Indian Pavilion of the St. Louis World Fair in 1904. He was not having much luck serving hot tea to fair goers because of the unseasonably hot temperature UNTIL he poured some hot tea over ice. Through word of mouth alone, people would then visit his booth and ask for some “iced tea”. With that effort, he not only got people to try his Indian tea, but he became credited with “inventing” iced tea.
In fact though, a version of an iced tea drink can be found in cookbooks tracing back to the early 1800’s. The American people of that era preferred their tea (from green leafs, not black) served in punch form with lots of sugar and alcohol…and iced. Today, Americans can choose from black, green, white, oolong, herbal and rooibos teas…and they can find them served both hot and cold.