You certainly do not have to be sober to enjoy iced tea and celebrate National Iced Tea Month (June). However tea played and continues to play, a crucial role in maintaining my sobriety. Iced tea in particular is as cool and refreshing as some of my favorite alcoholic drinks and also comes in endless varieties from fruity to woody, and calming caffeine-free herbal to super-charged caffeine-loaded matcha. What’s more is that I also have a long history with iced tea. Growing up in the Southwest, my family would make sun-tea. I would light up when I watched our sun-tea pitcher being filled with tea bags and water and would impatiently await my first cup of iced tea as the leaves brewed in the desert heat. At the ripe old age of eight, I would fill a lowball glass with ice and sun-tea and reenact scenes from my family’s favorite soap operas, pretending that the tea was whiskey and that I was a high powered business executive. Looking back, my role play with tea foreshadowed my adult alcohol addiction. But, I’ve come full circle now; tea, rather than alcohol, fills my cup once again. So, with that I say, “Hear, hear!” to iced tea and present to the National Iced Tea Month goddesses 10 delightfully delicious iced teas to try:
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