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What with the weather turning a bit nicer as of late, we thought it would be a good time to look at how you can still enjoy your tea and coffee but with a cooling twist, as the temperatures outside warm up.

First up is iced tea, which is a particularly popular drink in the United States and especially so in the warmer southern states. The traditional story of its invention tells us that a tea plantation owner named Richard Blechynden attending the incredibly hot 1904 St. Louis world fair created it as a way to attract visitors. What is more accurate is that he popularised it, as iced tea was already well known in the south before then, as newspaper articles and cook books from the late 19th century referring to it show. Iced tea can be brewed hot before being left to cool and having ice added, but an alternative, known as sun tea, involves adding the tea to cold water and leaving it in the sun for a few hours to steep. Adding some sort of sweetener is almost a given in the south, such as sugar, syrup, or wedges of fruit like lemon.

Iced coffee is also a popular drink, but more so in Europe than America. One variant known as the frappé was invented in Greece and has since become one of the country's favourite drinks. It is said to have been invented by a Nestlé employee named Dimitris Vakondios. During his break one day at the 1957 International Trade Fair in Thessaloniki (obviously good venues for inventing cold drinks), he couldn't find any hot water to add to his instant coffee. He decided to experiment by using cold water and ice and mixed it up in a cocktail shaker, thus creating the frappé. Another interesting variant of iced coffee found in Europe is the rather decadent German eiskaffee. Starting with a scoop of ice cream in the glass, cold coffee is poured over it before that itself is topped with whipped cream- as if that wasn't enough, chocolate sprinkles make for a good topping!

Something else to consider is cold brew coffee. Whereas many types of iced coffee use coffee that has been made with hot water before cooling it, cold brew uses, well, cold water. With this method, the coffee grounds are left to steep either at room temperature or in a fridge for several hours- sometimes even twelve or more! As you might be thinking, this results in a fairly potent brew. This coffee concentrate is then measured out to other cups and has water added, and can either be enjoyed cool or heated up. The cold brew process results in a sweeter cup of coffee due to lower acidity, and it will also result in a different flavour as the chemicals react differently compared to using hot water.

These drinks are pretty easy to make yourself at home, so we hope you give them a try!

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