Rooibos Iced Tea Variations

Iced Rooibos Tea

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups (750 ml) fresh cold water
  • 6 bags of Rooibos tea
  • 3 cups ( 750 ml) soda water
  • Garnish with sprigs of fresh mint or lemon slices, if desired.
  • Add honey to taste before chilling

Method:

  • Bring water to a boil
  • Pour over tea bags and let it steep for 5 to 7 minutes
  • Pour tea into heatproof pitcher
  • Cool to room temperature, then chill
  • Fill another pitcher with ice and add the Rooibos tea
  • Top with soda water
  • Stir gently and serve

Source: www.sarooibos.co.za

Summer Refresher

Ingredients:

  • 1 litre strong, cold Rooibos tea
  • 500 ml orange juice
  • 1 litre home-made ginger ale **
  • 1 litre soda water
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • Fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • Crushed ice

Method:

  • Mix Rooibos and orange juice
  • Chill mixture
  • Add chilled ginger ale and soda water, just before serving
  • Garnish with lemon slices and mint
  • Serve with crushed ice

Source: www.sarooibos.co.za (adapted Megan Pentz-Kluytz, CANSA’s Consulting Dietician)

** Homemade Ginger Ale 

Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups sliced fresh ginger root (not necessary to peel), just rinse well
  •  2 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • Sparkling mineral water or club soda

Method:

  • In a medium pot, combine water and ginger over high heat. Once boiling, lower heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for one hour. Remove lid and continue to simmer 30 more minutes.
  • Take off heat and strain mixture to remove ginger. Stir in lemon and honey. Cool completely. This is your ginger syrup.
  • To make ginger ale, put a handful of ice into a glass. Add ¼ cup ginger syrup, and fill the rest of the glass with sparkling water.

Source: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14488/diy-all-natural-ginger-ale.html

Strawberry Punch

Ingredients:

  • 1 litre strong, cold Rooibos
  • 1 litre apple juice
  • 500 ml granadilla / passion fruit juice
  • 500 ml strawberry juice
  • 3 bottles (750 ml each) of sparkling water
  • 2 punnets of strawberries, sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1/2 cup granadilla pulp
  • Fresh mint leaves

Method:

  • Mix Rooibos, apple, granadilla and strawberry juices and chill
  • Add chilled sparkling water
  • Garnish with strawberries, orange and mint

Source: www.sarooibos.co.za (adapted by Megan Pentz-Kluytz, CANSA’s Consulting Dietician)

Fruity Iced Tea

Ingredients:

  • 5 Rooibos teabags
  • 3 litres water
  • 1 pineapple, peeled and sliced thickly
  • 3 peaches, cut into wedges
  • 2 oranges, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 200 g castor sugar

Method:

  • Place all the ingredients into a large pot and bring to the boil
  • Turn the heat down and allow to simmer very gently for 15 minutes
  • Remove from the heat, strain and discard the fruit
  • Store the tea the fridge until well chilled. Check the sweetness and add more honey to taste if necessary
  • Serve over ice

Source: www.lecreuset.co.za

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