October 5, 2022


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These Texas sweet tea brands are perfect for a Houston summer

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It’s no secret that Texans love iced tea (especially the super-sweet version) and who can blame us?

There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a tall frosty glass of brewed tea served over ice and garnished with a lemon wedge or two during the summer months when the thermometer hits the triple digits on a regular basis. Unsurprisingly, the Lone Star State is home to a plethora of home-grown companies specializing in brewing the best ice tea.

Here are some trend-setting Texas tea masters.

With a name that clearly expresses its mission to keep Austin you-know-what, this beverage company based in the Texas capital vends a line of self-described “ridiculously delicious” USDA organic certified ice teas made with no added preservatives and sweetened with fruit juice. Options comprise white peach oolong, passion fruit black, Moroccan mint green tea and hibiscus hemp chamomile. Teas are sold at various Austin locations as well as online in cans by the 12-pack.

One of the OGs of the Texas iced tea industry, Moonshine Sweet Tea was founded by Leo Cobb Porter in the small Hill Country hamlet of Mason in 1946. Today, the company is led by Porter’s great-grandson Joele and still makes its teas using an age-old secret family recipe and only cane sugar for sweetener. Varieties original sweet, mint & honey and peach can be purchased from major retailers such as H-E-B, Kroger and 7-11, as well online.

And what’s sweeter than Moonshine’s brews? The fact that some proceeds from every bottle sold go to support children’s charities like the Make-A-Wish foundation. We’ll drink to that!

When Garima Bhuwalka and her husband immigrated to the United States, they embraced Texas as their new home but missed one thing in particular from their native India: the distinctive blends of high-quality organic teas grown in South Asia. Although absence makes the heart grow fonder, it also in this case motivated the Bhuwalkas to start their own tea company. Today, Trishna Tea is a small but growing purveyor of luxurious complex organic blends, including a line of sophisticated iced teas available for purchase online. You can shop by type (green, black, herbal) or peruse the artful collections organized by themes like “fruity and floral” or “wellness.”

Sweet Leaf Tea Company

Perhaps Texas’s most recognizable brand of tea due to its iconic label featuring a cheery grandma sporting a saucy top-knot, Sweet Leaf Tea Company was started in 1999 by childhood pals Christopher Clayton and David Smith. Clayton was inspired to start making iced tea after failing to find any brand on the market that matched the par excellent version made by his grandmother Mimi, and apparently he and Smith’s initial forays into brewing involved using hoses and pillowcases as tea bags. Rest assured, Sweet Leaf’s production technique has advanced considerably, so go ahead and enjoy their refreshing ice teas (we particularly recommend the raspberry) with the knowledge that no garden equipment or bed linens were involved.

HTeaO is a Texas-brewed business which offers a menu of iced tea flavors to cater to everyone, from super sweet to decaffeinated options, with room for customers to build their own blends.

HTeaO is a Texas-brewed business which offers a menu of iced tea flavors to cater to everyone, from super sweet to decaffeinated options, with room for customers to build their own blends.

Courtesy, HTeaO

As if we needed more proof that everything is bigger in Texas, HTeaO is an Amarillo-based chain cafe that sells more than 25 varieties of sweetened and unsweetened ice tea including but not limited to: watermelon, mint, peach ginger, blueberry, mango fresco, turbo green and wild raspberry. Customers choose their cup size (32, 44 or 51 ounces), then move on to the self-service dispensers (combining different types is not only allowed, but encouraged) and fruit bar, where you can garnish your choice with strawberries or kiwis. In addition to Amarillo, HteaO franchises are located in Dallas, Austin, Lubbock, Midland and San Antonio. 

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