Hot On Menus: Specialty Iced Teas

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Finally, the weather’s getting warmer! If you’re headed to that sidewalk cafe or rooftop bar for a little refreshment, you’ll find more options beside standard sweetened or unsweetened iced tea this year. Fifty six percent of chefs ranked specialty iced teas (think Southern sweet tea, matcha, Thai-style iced tea and flavored teas) as hot menu items this year. The National Restaurant Association surveyed 1300 professional chefs, members of the American Culinary Federation. House-made lemonade and sodas, coconut water and ginger beer also made the list of trendy sips.

TRENDY TEAS TO TRY NEARBY:

Passion fruit flavored Tropical Iced Tea at The Cheesecake Factory

Iced Teavana Green Tea Latte at Starbucks

Iggy’s Tea Vodka (alcoholic, in peach and raspberry) at Texas Roadhouse

Bellini Peach-Rasberry Iced Tea at Olive Garden

Jasmine Blackberry Green Tea at P.F. Chang’s

Peach, Raspberry or Classic Cranberry Boston Iced Teas at Red Lobster

Sweet & Skinny Spiked Tea (alcoholic) at Red Robin

White Peach, Raspberry or Blackberry Iced Tea at Longhorn Steakhouse

Blackberry or Mango Flavored Tea at Chili’s

Wild Berry, Raspberry, Pomegranate, Peach, or Mango Handcrafted Fruit Teas at Ruby Tuesday