Rooibos Iced Tea Recipe
Rooibos is a shrub native to South Africa. Tea made from this herb - Rooibos iced tea-is also known as Red Tea. It's high in antioxidants and has a relaxing effect. It's well-known for being one of the most soothing beverages available. You can drink it both hot (for the winters) and cold (for the summers).
The caffeine-free drink made from the needle-shaped leaves of the Red Bush is praised by nutritionists and health gurus all over the world for its relaxing qualities.
Check out this easy rooibos iced tea recipe to lighten your load and make your summers even more enjoyable.
- 1-3 Cup water
- 1 tbsp sugar/ honey/ stevia leaves as a sweetener
- 1-2 lemon
- 2 bag rooibos tea
- A few fresh ginger slices
- Cubes of ice for serving
- Optional: lemon slices and fresh mint
Heat the water until it is nearly boiling and rolling.
For 2 to 3 minutes, steep loose mint leaves and fresh ginger slices in this simmering (not boiling) water.
Place rooibos loose tea in the tea infuser or use tea bags once the water has reached the desired temperature. Allow 3-5 minutes for steeping. If you want it to be stronger, add more tea. When steeping tea leaves, it's best not to use boiling water because it can burn the leaves, making the tea bitter.
When the 3 minutes of steeping time is up, filter the tea into a big pot.
Add a sweetener as per taste to enhance the deliciousness of your rooibos iced tea. Make sure this sweetener is added when the tea is still hot.
To dissolve, stir the infusion well.
Allow the tea to cool for around 30 minutes.
Squeeze the juice of 2 to 3 lemons into the tea once it has cooled.
After adding the lemon juice, taste and adjust to your pleasure.
Keep the jug of tea in the fridge for some hours, so as to enjoy it chilled.
You can add fresh mint leaves and lemon slices to garnish your delightful glass of rooibos iced tea.
Rooibos Iced Tea — Health Benefits
The US Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., has recognized red rooibos iced tea's therapeutic properties, stating that it can help prevent cancer, heart disease, premature aging, and other major illnesses.
Even people with kidney stones can drink red rooibos tea since it has no oxalic acid.
Iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc, magnesium, and alpha-hydroxy acid are all found in high amounts in Rooibos tea.
Did you know, South Africa is the only country in the world that grows rooibos? It claims to have 450 growers producing up to 15,000 tons each year.
With its sweet, delicate, and earthy flavor Rooibos tea has been stealing the hearts of many. And why not? It contains several antioxidants, which may explain some of the tea's health advantages. That’s right! It can help our body fight against diabetes, heart issues, allergies, digestive problems, insomnia, and even skin issues.
Since it's caffeine-free, you can add rooibos iced tea to your diet any time of the day without risking hampering your sleep cycle and cherish its perks.
Try the rooibos iced tea recipe today!
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