Plantation Iced Tea from Ola at Turtle Bay Resort, North Shore of Oahu. Image courtesy of FoodGPS.com.
According to NationalDayCalendar.com, today, June 10th is National Iced Tea Day.
“National Iced Tea Day is celebrated annually on June 10th.. This day is set aside to celebrate one of summer’s favorite drinks. Whether it is sweetened or unsweetened, with or without lemon, it is loved by many and enjoyed by the glass full all summer long.
Iced tea can be found in many flavors including lemon, peach, raspberry, lime, passions fruit, strawberry and cherry.
An alternative to carbonated soft drinks and very popular in the United States, iced tea makes up about 85% of all tea consumed. It can readily be found in restaurants, convenience stores, vending machines, grocery stores and self-serve soda fountains.
Recipes for iced tea have been found dating back to the 1870′s. The Buckeye Cookbook, published in 1876 and Housekeeping in Old Virginia, published in 1877 both contain iced tea recipes. It is believed however, that iced tea started to appear in the United States in the 1860′s and became widespread in the 1870′s where it was found offered on hotel menus and was on sale at railroad stations. The popularity of this refreshing drink grew rapidly after it was introduced at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.
Green tea has been suggested to be used for a variety of positive health benefits. Those include:
- Reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease
- Some forms of cancer
- Oral health
- Reduce blood pressure
- Weight control
- Antibacterial and antiviral activity
- Protection from solar ultraviolet light
- Anti-fibrotic properties
- Neuroprotective power
Brew and enjoy a glass of iced tea with friends. Enjoy a glass over lunch at your favorite restaurant. Share on social media using #NationalIcedTeaDay.”
PINEAPPLE JUICE + SWEETENED ICED TEA = PLANTATION ICED TEA
In light of that, The Tasty Island Honolulu Food Blog hereby also proclaims June 10th, Hawaii Plantation Iced Tea Day. Yay!
Adding “Plantation” to Iced Tea typically refers to a sweetened mixture of tea with the addition of Pineapple Juice, hence it’s identity with Hawaii’s plantation crop. That’s the base, while many will jazz it up with lemon, mint leaves and other tropical fruit juices.
Here’s a recipe, courtesy of Kelvin Ro of Diamond Head Market & Grill, shared via Betty Shimabukuro of the Honolulu Star Advertiser:
This recipe makes about a gallon of iced tea. I made a half-batch, but started with just 4 cups of brewed tea (do the math, that’s a quarter of a gallon). After adding ice and a little cold water to each glass, I figure I got about a half-gallon total in the end. I would suggest this approach, as it allows each drinker to adjust the concentration of his or her individual glass.
DIAMOND HEAD MARKET AND GRILL PLANTATION ICED TEA
1 gallon freshly prepared tea
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 stalk crushed lemongrass
Combine ingredients while tea is still warm. Chill, remove lemongrass and pour over ice. Garnish each glass with fresh mint and a pineapple wedge.
Approximate nutritional information, per cup: 30 calories; no fat, cholesterol, sodium, fiber or protein; 8 g carbohydrate; 7 g sugar
Variation: Start with half the amount of brewed tea, but use full amounts of the other ingredients. Those who like a strong tea flavor can drink it over ice, undiluted. For a less concentrated tea, add chilled water as well as ice.
According to NationalDayCalendar.com, June 10th is also:
National Herbs and Spices Day, aye? Perhaps then, we can also name today Hawaii Pakalolo Day? LOL!