When I move to Minnesota, I hope to lose my iced tea phobia. Here in California, iced tea is not always just plain, black tea in its delicious, natural form the way God intended.
OK, man intended. Whatever.
Here in California, they fruit up the damn tea…and don’t warn you!
Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy an herbal tea every now and then, but I need heads up.
Now, I go into a restaurant craving iced tea and get something laden with mango or God forbid, passion fruit. When I was a kid, this was not the case. Iced tea was iced tea, not chock full of produce. When in our history did we decide to fruit the tea? It was probably in the 1980s.
It’s really disappointing. I have to be “that” chick. You know, the high maintenance one who has to ask, “Is the iced tea flavored?”
Why can’t restaurants just agree that iced tea is black tea without fruit. It’s not unflavored. Black tea has a flavor and it’s delicious! Why do people have to mask it? If you want something fruity, have a glass of juice.
I’m hoping the folks in the Midwest get it. I’m hoping they haven’t been swayed by Hollywood to enhance the tea and try to pass it off as default tea.