Iced tea is popular in Austria, and is commonly known as Eistee (ice tea); it is usually drunk heavily sweetened.
Rauch are two of the most popular manufacturers.
Belgium and the Netherlands
In Belgium, the Netherlands (ijsthee), and various other parts of Europe, "Ice-Tea" is the brand name of a
carbonated variety of iced tea marketed by
Lipton since 1978. They also market a number of other non-carbonated iced teas under the "Ice Tea" brand.
In Brazil, particularly in
Rio de Janeiro, one of the most popular beverages is
mate, or chá mate. Unlike the Argentinian or
gaucho mate (also known as
carioca rendering is consumed iced and sweetened. A preferred flavouring is
lime juice (not
lemon), referred in Rio as "mate com limão". It is a part of the local beach culture, where it is sold by walking vendors in thermical tonnels. Mate dried leaves can be also bought in supermarkets to be made at home. The most popular brand is Leão, originally from
Paraná, and later acquired by
The Coca-Cola Company. It is generally left overnight at the refrigerator. Leão also markets mate as a non-carbonated soft drink.
A glass of Canadian iced tea, made from concentrate and served with ice
In Canada, iced tea refers to sweetened iced tea, flavoured with lemon. The iced tea is usually made at home from drink powder or obtained in bottles or cans. Sweetened green teas and those flavoured with raspberry, peach, or pomegranate are also becoming more common via marketing efforts. Sweetened iced tea is often served as an alternative to other soft drinks, prepared by companies like Lipton,
Brisk. Water, sugar and flavourings may exceed tea in terms of quantity in these drinks. Many health food and specialty stores carry iced tea made of whole leaf tea without additives. Fresh-brewed iced tea is also popular, particularly in smaller independently owned restaurants. Powdered or frozen iced tea is a common preparation at home, due to its ease of use.
Although not a traditional way to serve tea, iced tea gained widespread popularity in even rural areas since the late 1980s with canned or bottled tea. Many varieties of tea, including green tea, are available packaged and sold in stores. Many families make their own iced tea by either putting lots of ice in a small amount of strong hot tea or by putting hot tea in a fridge for some time. Common types of iced tea are black, green, oolong（乌龙茶）, and lots of herbals as well. Iced herbal teas are especially popular in the hot summers, where "yin"（阴） or cooling herbs are used to make tea such as chrysanthemum, kuding tea（苦丁茶）, etc. Cooled tea but still warm was already popular throughout ancient times but refrigerated tea was only available to those politically connected to the Communist Party. The introduction of limited capitalism and the opening markets in the 1990s made refrigeration available to the general population for the first time. China’s refrigerator-ownership increased to 95 percent from just 7 percent of urban families in the years from 1997 to 2009.
Iced tea is sold in
7-Eleven stores and supermarkets.
Iced Tea with Lemon, Germany
Nestea, Lipton and Pfanner are the most dominant brands and lemon- and peach-flavored iced teas are the most popular variants. Lipton offers a number of non-carbonated iced teas under the "Ice Tea" brand and the carbonated variety under the brand "Ice Tea Sparkling". Iced tea is also available in many restaurants and cafés. Half-sweetened iced tea (i.e. 50 g/l sugar compared to the 100 g/l found in soft drinks) is also available in most big supermarkets; mainly "Lipton Green". Instant teas are available that can be used to prepare iced tea with cold or hot water which are often called "Krümeltee" (meaning crumb tea or crumble tea) because of the special appearance.
Iced lemon tea is available at many Hong Kong restaurants. A strong black tea (e.g. Ceylon) is brewed at length in a metal pot over a burner, and prepared as follows: a large glass is filled with ice, a scoop of simple syrup is added (if desired), and the glass is filled to the top with hot tea. Slices of lemon are placed atop the mixture, which are then muddled into the tea by the customer, ensuring that the volatile oils present in the lemon peel are at their peak when consumed.
In dessert parlors (such as "Quickly"), iced green tea is often available (usually flavored with jasmine blossoms), both with and without tapioca pearls, as is
Hong Kong milk tea (usually served warm in cafes, but poured over ice when served with tapioca, creating a very creamy iced tea).
Iced tea is a common drink in India, found at most restaurants, hotels and malls. The most popular form of iced tea in India is ginger lemon iced tea, lemon iced tea, and other kinds are rather uncommon, though peach iced tea is also quite popular. Brands of iced tea include
Nestlé, which have become affiliated with the same.
Iced tea can be found at some of the restaurants, cafes in Nepal. Mainly it can be found around tourist area such as Boudhanath area, Thamel and some other major malls. Some variations are lemon iced tea, iced tea green mint, iced tea peach etc.
Iced tea is a popular drink in Indonesia. It is served in a vast majority of
foodservice businesses, ranging from street hawkers and traditional food corners to high-end restaurants. Iced tea is sweetened; it is known as "es teh manis" and is served with a meal. Bottled brands include
Sosro and Lipton.
Iced tea as served with Indonesian food
Iced tea is a popular drink in Italy and is widely available, generally only in lemon- and peach-flavored incarnations.
Estathé, as well as Lipton, are well-known brands.
Japan is one of the most important iced tea markets in the world, with iced tea in
cans a common sight in the country's ubiquitous
vending machines. Japanese iced tea products mirror the market for hot tea in the sense that they are mostly
green tea and
oolong products, usually unflavoured and mostly unsweetened.
the Coca-Cola Company are some of the largest producers. Lipton, the world's largest tea brand, offers a range of iced tea products based on
black tea through
joint ventures with two local partners, Suntory and
Morinaga. Black tea products are sweetened with
sugar, and come in a variety of flavors, including
peach and unflavored.
Milk tea is another flavor of black tea that is particular to the Japanese market. Kirin Beverage also offers a few
carbonated black tea products.
It is Japanese-style products rather than the Western-style products that are penetrating the markets of
East Asia. Several Japanese companies have also started exporting their products to Europe and North America, in particular
Ito En, which markets a whole range of Japanese-style unsweetened green and oolong teas in the USA.
Iced tea is very popular in Malaysia and is sold in most restaurants and grocery stores. The two most common types of tea are plain Chinese iced tea (teh o' ais) and iced lime tea (teh o' ais limau). Both varieties can be bought at most
coffee shops and restaurants and are both usually made by the outlet, though canned and bottle iced lemon tea is also readily available at grocery stores in a canned form. Popular brands of iced lemon tea are
F&N Seasons as well F&N iced tea of Oishi.
A lemon flavored iced tea in Manila.
Iced tea is served in many bars, restaurants, grocery stores, schools and fast food outlets as an alternative to
carbonated soda. In most areas, the Nestea brand is the most popular. It is also available in powdered form as well as in cans and bottles. Iced tea in the Philippines is almost always sweet, with a slight lemon flavor.
One of the most common variations are the "lemon iced tea" and the "calamansi (Philippine Lemon) iced tea". There are also some brands that offer bottled iced tea.
Iced tea has been a popular drink in Portugal since the early 1990s. It is sold in cans and bottles found in bars, restaurants, grocery stores and supermarkets.
Lipton Ice Tea,
Frutea are the leading brands. The most common types of iced tea sold in Portugal are
peach or mango flavoured.
Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria
Although not produced traditionally (tea is usually served hot, with lemon and sugar/honey), iced tea became popular in these countries following the fall of the
Eastern bloc in 1989-1990. Iced tea is mainly available in shops, being sold by companies such as
Iced tea has recently become popular in South Africa, and is widely available in cafes and retail outlets countrywide.
Lipton, Manhattan and
Fuze Tea are the most popular brands, in addition to the South African brand
BOS, which uses
rooibos sourced locally from the
Cold tea (usually without ice) is popular during the summer months in South Korea. Common varieties include
green tea. Bottled iced tea is found in nearly all grocery and convenience stores.
The two dominating brands are Lipton, and Nestea, and the two best selling flavors are
peach. Iced tea is also sold in grocery stores and some restaurants.
Mass-produced iced teas such as Nestea (Nestlé), Migros Ice Tea and Lipton are popular refreshments, while fresh-brewed iced teas are seldom found outside the home. Iced herbal teas, typically dominated by
peppermint, are also readily available, as are
flavored black teas. It is typically labeled as "ice tea".
Switzerland is considered as the motherland of bottled iced tea. Ruedi Bärlocher and Martin Sprenger, two employees of the Swiss Bischofszell beverage company, had tried the famous American iced tea and first suggested to produce ready-made iced tea in bottles. In 1983 Bischofszell Food Ltd. became the first producer in the world of bottled ice tea on an industrial scale.
Bubble tea is usually a strong black tea, sweetened with sugar and condensed milk. It is served cold usually with tapioca pearls. There are many variations of it, with different types of teas; fruit-flavored bubble teas are popular as well. Sometimes pudding, jelly, or chunks of fruit are put into it instead of tapioca pearls.
Thai iced tea or cha yen (
Thai: ชาเย็น) in Thailand is a drink made from strongly brewed
black tea. This tea is sweetened with
condensed milk and served chilled.
coconut milk or
whole milk is generally poured over the tea and ice before serving to add taste and creamy appearance. However, in Thailand, condensed milk and sugar are mixed with the tea before it is poured over ice and then topped with evaporated milk. In Thai restaurants worldwide, it is served in a tall glass, though in Thailand it is more typically poured over the crushed
ice in a clear (or translucent) plastic cup. It can also be made into a
frappé at more westernised vendors.
Additional variations include:
- Dark Thai iced tea (Thai: ชาดำเย็น, cha dam yen): Thai tea served chilled with no milk content and sweetened with sugar only. The concept is based on traditional Indian tea, which is used as the main ingredient.
- Lime Thai tea (Thai: ชามะนาว, cha manao): Similar to Dark Thai iced tea, but flavoured with
lime as well as sweetened with sugar. Mint may also be added.
In a traditional tea-drinking country such as Turkey, with its own
tea culture, iced tea became popular when Lipton introduced it in the 2000s. Iced teas are a popular alternative to soft drinks. Lipton and Nestea were the two major brands until 2012, when the contract between
Coca Cola İçecek A.Ş. and
Nestea expired, Coca Cola replaced Nestea with its
Fuze Beverage brand, but due to the word füze meaning "missile" in
Turkish, the name used for the Turkish market is Fuse Tea instead. The national tea company
Çaykur is also in the market with its iced tea brand 'Didi'.
Although iced tea is not as widely consumed in the United Kingdom as the rest of Europe, the drink became more popular in the 2000s.
 Lipton sold their
carbonated iced tea, similar to the one sold in Belgium, in the 1990s. Recently, Lipton has returned to general sale of non-carbonated tea, quickly followed by Nestea and
In the United States, iced tea makes up about 85%
 of all tea consumed and is very popular as an alternative to carbonated soft drinks, especially as a characteristic beverage of the
American South. It is ubiquitous in grocery stores, convenience stores, restaurants, vending machines, and soda fountains. It may be freshly made on premises, or available in bottles and cans, and at self-serve
soda fountains. Restaurants typically give the customer the choice of
sweetened or unsweetened.
In Vietnam, iced tea is often served free in coffee shops and some restaurants while the customer is deciding what to order.