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Partnership with Big Geyser is Good News for New York!

Partnership with Big Geyser is Good News for New York!

Long Island Iced Tea has just made its most significant partnership deal yet with Big Geyser! Big Geyser is the largest non-alcoholic beverage distributor in the New York metro area, and this partnership has the potential to increase Long Island Iced Tea’s availability in this area by ten times!   This would increase the number of stores to 25,000! Yep you read that correctly: 25,000!

So for all you Long Island Iced Tea fans living in the five boroughs of NYC, Westchester, Putnam, Nassau and Suffolk counties its going to become a lot easier to find your favorite flavors of Long Island Iced Tea and our new lemonade! 

This partnership becomes effective on April 24 so after that get ready to see our deliciously refreshing better-for-you beverages everywhere you go! Us at Long Island Iced Tea could get pretty used to that… 

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America's Lemonade Love Affair

America's Lemonade Love Affair

Ever since lemonade immigrated to America in the 18th century from Europe, a true love affair between America and lemonade has developed.  There is no other drink that is more connected to American summers than lemonade.  It is rare to find a child that did not have a lemonade stand growing up. Maybe this is fading out of fashion, but even this summer I drove or walked by and personally patronized multiple lemonade stands run by young American entrepreneurs. Lemonade is American classic, but why is it so popular and so connected with the stars and stripes and summer time? 

The first evidence of “lemonade” was actually in Egypt.  But this delicious drink soon spread to Europe and by the mid-1600s there were “limonadiers” selling lemonade on the streets of Paris.  In America, lemonade exploded in popularity during the 1849 California Gold Rush as a way to fend off scurvy in the malnourished miners.  Lemons contain high levels of Vitamin C that fights off this traditionally maritime disease.  It was lucky for those miners that lemon trees grew so well in the California climate, and in fact to this day 90% of America’s lemons come from California!

In the Victorian Era lemonade became a popular alternative to alcohol, and fans of this idea included First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes. She actually became known as “Lemonade Lucy” because served lemonade during events after her banning of alcohol in the White House during her husband’s terms from 1877-1881.  

With first lady and presidential endorsement, lemonade grew in popularity and has remained popular all the way till today! There have been different ingredients that have had fleeting stints of popularity, egg white and milk for example, but I think the beauty of this drink lies in its simplicity.  Only three ingredients can create such a delicious and complex beverage. 

All of this is why we were so excited to create our Long Island Brand Lemonade’s and be a part of this American tradition and make delicious lemonade of course!

Also check out http://www.history.com/news/hungry-history/when-life-hands-you-lemons-make-qatarzimat for more facts on the history of lemonade! 

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Get Excited - Our ALL NEW Lemonade is soon to hit stores near you!

Get Excited - Our ALL NEW Lemonade is soon to hit stores near you!

We are excited to announced the launch of The Original Long Island Brand™ Lemonade. Infused with a splash of tea and made with 100% raw cane sugar and non-GMO ingredients for a crisp, refreshing and natural taste, this premium lemonade is highly differentiated from other lemonade beverages in the US market.

Philip Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, stated, “Beyond creating a delicious and refreshing lemonade, we made sure that the “better-for-you” attributes that are prominent within our iced tea range were incorporated into our new lemonade brand.” “This exciting new lemonade is available in nine real-fruit flavors, including Traditional, Lime, Peach, Watermelon, Mango, Strawberry, Kiwi Strawberry, Cherry and Wildberries, and incorporates a subtle splash of tea essence. We feel the Company is bringing a true point of difference to the conventional lemonade brands on the market today,” Mr. Thomas added.

The addition of the lemonade brand to the Company’s portfolio comes after the recent acquisition of Alo Juice®. This further establishes the Company as a key player within the “better-for-you” beverage category. Mr. Thomas commented, “Long Island Iced Tea® products are moving successfully in stores and we saw the opportunity to leverage our brand and positioning to capitalize on a different product offering. One that we believe would excite current customers and attract new consumers to our brand.”

According to IBISWorld, lemonade comprises 8.2% of the $12.0 billion juice market in 2016¹. Lemonade sales totaled 451 million liters in 2015².

The Original Long Island Brand™ Lemonade range consists of 9 real-fruit flavors, available in both single 18oz bottles and 12-packs. The product is a natural complement to the Company’s Long Island Iced Tea®, which comprises 12 different iced tea flavors available in single 18oz bottles, gallons and 12-packs.

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Why Cane Sugar is Better for You than Other Sweeteners

Why Cane Sugar is Better for You than Other Sweeteners

Sugar is a touchy subject in today’s increasingly health conscious world. More and more people are cutting sugar out of their diets, or at least switching to less harmful sweeteners.  But when there are so many sweeteners, from stevia to coconut sugar, is it hard to know what to look out for and avoid. 

High fructose corn syrup and white sugar are the worst of the worst.  They are the most processed, most condensed, and cheapest sugars that you can buy. The more processed something is, the more nutrients are stripped from it and the less benefits it offers to your body.  This is why high fructose corn syrup is basically empty calories, there are no nutrients and most of it is stored as fat!

Raw cane sugar is less processed than white sugar and high fructose corn syrup and it is made from sugar cane instead of beets or corn.  Surprisingly white granulated sugar is usually made from beets! Because the cane sugar is less processed more of the nutrients remain and it is not totally empty calories.  Of course it is still sugar and should be consumed in moderation but you can take solace in the fact that when you drink your favorite flavor of Long Island Iced Tea it is sweetened with 100% Raw Cane Sugar! Keep an eye out for the release of our Unsweetened Flavor for days when you are kicking all sugars to the curb! 

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Recycle, Reduce, Craft!

Recycle, Reduce, Craft!

Everyone knows the famous mantra recycle reduce reuse, but the reuse part is sometimes difficult. It is often not obvious how to reuse all the things that you can recycle.  Also the word reuse itself is pretty limiting.  It seems like the only thing you can do is use it for its intended purpose.  So for Long Island Iced Tea, for example, the only option is to refill our bottles with a different beverage. But there is so much more that they can be used for! So it is time to get creative and get crafting!

First and easiest, is you can use our bottle as a vase for a cute bunch of flowers!  Or with a little cutting, make it into a planter for herbs or flowers.  This will look especially nice when we release our brand new bottle in the beginning of March!  Another practical idea is to use it for storage; nails, beads, candy etc. If you have little ones in your life, turn it on its side and with a little foam and tape, it becomes almost every animal imaginable. A lizard, a cow, a dog, a cat, you name it! Maybe even a piggy bank. In the winter decorate it to look like a snowman, with a scarf and face and everything! They can even be made into pencil pouches with a little glue and a zipper!  But the bottle is not the only part that can be refurbished.  The caps can be made into magnets, or a fun alphabet by attaching letters to them. The gallon jugs can be used too, as watering cans by poking holes in the caps or into storage bins with strategic cutting and gluing.  Some of these crafts need further instructions of course, so check out the tutorials and some other cool ideas on our Pinterest, @longislandteas!  

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From the Leaf to a Perfect Glass of Iced Tea

From the Leaf to a Perfect Glass of Iced Tea

How is Tea Made?

Learn from Long Island Iced Tea how your tea is made from the leaf all the way to your perfect glass of iced tea.

Did you know that all tea is made from the same plant? Yes, that’s right, black, green, and white teas start off pretty much the same, and it’s what happens during the tea production process that transforms them.  

Black tea is the most common tea used, and is used in all of Long Island Iced Tea’s delicious flavors. There are two ways of making it: the “traditional” method and the “CTC” method. Read on to find out more about how tea is made using these two processes.

The Traditional method is the most commonly used. In this process, the tea goes through four stages: withering, rolling, oxidation, and drying. In general, the more oxidized the tea is, the darker it will be, hence the name black tea. Green tea is the least oxidized, so the color of the tea barely changes from the color of the original plant.

Withering

Particularly important for black tea, the leaves are laid out to dry to reduce water content so the leaves can be pliable enough to be rolled.

Rolling

Why are tea leaves so scrunched up?

Traditionally done by hand, but today, machines are used to roll and shape the leaves, and gives our Long Island Iced Tea its distinctive flavor.

Oxidation

A chemical process that is easiest to observe by looking at the color of the leaf. Black teas are the most oxidized as you can see in our rich, dark crimson-brown iced teas.

Drying

Our tea is finally dried to lock in the final flavor that we all enjoy!

Through this delicate process, we created an authentic and refreshing Iced Tea that can be enjoyed in any season. From a welcome light refreshment in the heat of summer, to a fresh treat in the dead of winter to wake you up, Long Island Iced Tea has the drink for you!

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4 Reasons to Stay Away from High Fructose Corn Syrup

4 Reasons to Stay Away from High Fructose Corn Syrup

Did you know that the average person in the US consumes about 142 pounds a year of sugar, most of which is high fructose corn syrup? So how bad could high fructose corn syrup really be? Here are our top 4 reasons.

  1. High fructose corn syrup has been linked to many different health issues, and research shows that contaminants, including high levels of mercury, are often present in your food or drink.
  2. High fructose corn syrup has little to no nutritional value and a large number of empty calories, so while you might feel full, your body is still craving nutrients.
  3. The products most people rely on to lose weight are often the ones highest in fructose, making it harder for people to lose weight, especially in a healthy way.
  4. Sugar isn’t just sugar. When you eat 120 calories of glucose, less than one calorie is stored as fat, but when you consume 120 calories of fructose, it leads to 40 calories being stored as fat. That’s basically like consuming fat!

Some people suggest using artificial sweeteners or agave syrup as alternatives to high fructose corn syrup, but in the long run, they can be even more damaging to your health than fructose. On the other hand, raw cane sugar only has 15 to 20 calories per teaspoon, and contains a large amount of the original vitamins and nutrients found in sugar cane.

High fructose corn syrup is far from natural and neither are its alternatives, and our bodies deserve better. That’s why Long Island Iced tea only uses 100% Raw Cane Sugar in our iced teas, because we believe in smarter beverage choices that still taste great, without the potential damaging health effects.

So the next time you’re reaching for your favorite sugary drink, consider what heathier alternate option are available and pick yourself up a nice cold and refreshing Long Island Iced Tea. 

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