The discussion on ice makers prompted me to start this thread. My question - why the popularity of iced drinks in the US but not in other countries? In some countries it may be the availability of water. In the desert regions of the US and in other regions with water issues - Colorado - restaurants do not automatically serve iced water to diners. It is available upon request. Another consideration could be the expense of commercial ice makers and the utility cost of running them. Or is it just a cultural thing? I have noticed that in the US south we drink hot coffee and iced tea. In the North East tea is served hot and coffee is iced. Your observations/opinions please.