Long Island Iced Tea Cocktail.


The Shady Reason You Probably Shouldn't Get Iced Tea At Restaurants
If you’ve ever ordered an iced tea in a restaurant only to find tiny floating specks in it, those likely aren’t bits of tea leaves, but rather mold from the tea brewer’s spout.
It’s very easy for bacteria to become trapped in the tiny mechanisms in a tea spout. If the piece isn’t cleaned thoroughly, a mold called Aspergillus can grow.
Consuming Aspergillus can lead to respiratory issues, allergies, and more. Check for off-putting odors, flavors, or an unusual appearance that might indicate mold contamination.
Per Consumer Reports, 75 to 80% of tea consumed in the U.S. is iced tea, so the prevalence of mold becomes a valid concern. It may be better to enjoy the beverage at home.