Incredibly Refreshing Iced Rooibos Tea

Iced rooibos tea is a delightfully refreshing drink that is enjoyable and beneficial for the whole family. If you're looking for a burst of flavor and goodness, make a big pitcher of this delicious iced tea to serve on a hot summer's afternoon. 

One of the many wonderful things about tea is how very versatile it is. We can enjoy tea as a delicious hot drink; blended with other teas, herbs, or spices; topically (in tea baths, facial steams, or compresses); or as flavorful, thirst-quenching iced tea. 

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Rooibos is an herbal tisane that is particularly tasty served over ice - not only chock-full of benefits for wellness, it's also a fresh, nutritious substitute for cold fruit juices or soft drinks. 

Simple, Tasty Iced Rooibos Tea Recipe

This recipe will make one glass of iced rooibos tea, but it increases very well - simply adjust the proportions if you're making a pitcher of tea (and be sure to add an extra teabag or teaspoon of loose tea "for the pot"). Because rooibos is naturally sweet and fruity, you'll most likely find no additional sweetener is needed. 

As a rule of thumb when making iced tea, use about twice the amount of loose tea or number of teabags as when making hot tea (this will ensure the tea is still very flavorful after it's chilled and ice is added. 

You'll need...

  • 2 rooibos teabags or 2 teaspoons of loose rooibos 
  • 8 oz. (about 250 ml) fresh, clean water, brought just to the boil
  • Ice

To make the iced tea...

  1. Add the teabags or loose tea to a large cup or small teapot. (If you're using loose rooibos, a fine-mesh infuser is a great help.)
  2. Cool the just-boiled water slightly, and pour into the cup.
  3. Cover and steep the tea for 5 to 10 minutes (or according to package directions), and then remove the teabags or infuser.
  4. Let the tea come to room temperature and then put it in the fridge to chill completely and enjoy over ice later. Or, if you can't wait, pour the rooibos tea into a tall glass of ice and drink up straightaway!

For other ways to stay cool with tea on hot days, how about Tea Smoothies or Tea Pops

Now, all you need to do is enjoy your delicious iced tea. Why not mix up a pitcher of iced rooibos to enjoy with family and friends on the deck on a hot summer's afternoon... or on your own as you relax in the hammock with a favorite summertime read?

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Iced rooibos tea is a beautifully versatile beverage. Why not let your creative side loose with this basic iced tea recipe and add other flavors or beverages? Here are some possible additions to get you started...

  • Fruit juice (how about a tropical flavor, like pineapple, mango, or passion fruit juice?)
  • Ginger ale or soda water
  • A favorite wine 
  • Some fresh herbs
  • Slice or chunks of fresh fruit
  • Ice cubes with bits of fresh fruit or herbs added
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With rooibos, iced rooibos tea is just the beginning... this healthful herbal tea is also lovely served hot or used topically (in a rooibos tea bath or facial steam, for example). And, if the weather has you craving iced tea, visit our Yummy Iced Tea Recipes Pinterest board for lots of ideas and inspiration. You'll also find more iced tea recipes in our Tea Recipes section.

Have a favorite iced tea recipe? Please share it with us! Visit The Tea Talk on Facebook to share your recipe and tips for making the perfect iced tea with our tea community. 

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