Rooibos makes a delicious and healthful alternative for those hankering for traditional “iced tea” made from black tea. Though similar in color and flavor, rooibos is caffeine free. Lighter in tannins, rooibos has a slightly sweet, slightly nutty flavor. Also known as red bush in its native South Africa, rooibos offers very similar nutritional and antioxidant benefits as green tea.
Proportions: Use about 1/2 cup rooibos leaves to every two quarts of water. Pour boiled water over the leaves in a large jar or, alternately, use unboiled water and set the jar in a sunny warm spot to make sun tea. Steep for 20 minutes [if using boiled water] or several hours [if sun tea]. You’re looking for a rich bronzy colored tea; taste a little before straining out the herb. While the tea is still warm, you can add a bit of honey, stevia, agave syrup or other natural sweetener if desired. Cool in fridge or serve over ice. Yum!
Rooibos is also great combined with a little peppermint to brighten the flavor and add cooling benefits.