Discover the History of Lipton Ice Tea

People around the world have been enjoying hot tea for thousands of years. Iced tea’s history, however, is a relatively recent story…

Sir Thomas Lipton brings tea to the masses

The origins of Lipton Tea lie with our spirited founder, Sir Thomas Lipton. After opening his first grocery shops in Glasgow in 1871, he bought tea fields in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1890. This was the beginning of a revolution which would see him bring tea to the masses, including his native United Kingdom. Lipton’s tea became an immediate success and spread around the world, and is now enjoyed by millions of people every day.

Iced tea at St Louis’ 1904 World’s Fair

Iced tea’s history begins in the 19th century, too. Its first appearance in printed records is in an 1879 publication of Housekeeping in Old Virginia. Marion Cabell Tyree recommended steeping green tea for a day, then to "fill the goblets with ice, put two teaspoonful’s granulated sugar in each, and pour the tea over the ice and sugar.“

However, the cooling drink got its big break 25 years later at St. Louis’ 1904 World’s Fair. Hot weather inspired plantation owner Richard Blechynden to add ice to his free tea samples, and the refreshing result was an instant hit. Iced tea came to popular attention because of this one promotional giveaway.

Lipton breaks the Ice

Lipton introduced its first iced tea powder mix in the USA in 1964, reaching Europe in 1978. Since then the brand has been growing steadily, with Lipton bottled iced tea launching in 1991. This ready-to-drink variety of Lipton Iced Tea is currently available in more than 100 different countries around the world.

The most popular varieties are lemon, peach, and mango, although there’s a whole host of flavors in our selection.  Why not join iced tea’s millions of fans around the world and brighten up your day with a Lipton Iced Tea?