Recipe For Ice Tea Using Roooibos

Summer is all but over but that does not mean I need to stop drinking ice tea. It is refreshing and the fact that I use rooibos tea, means that it is healthy as well. I was recently invited to attend an event hosted by Freshpak where we were served ice teas and a selection of canapés made with rooibos. Rooibos translates to red bush and the tea is full of anti oxidants. I have used it before on the blog when I made my Rooibos and Lavender Tea Sorbet. Rooibos is a fynbos and is indigenous to South Africa. At the event we were shown how to make a base ice tea and to this base you can add any flavour you choose. How about some frozen berries, cooked down to a syrup and then passed through a sieve? Or some lime juice and fresh mint leaves? The possibilities are endless. From the lovely gift box I received, I made my own pomegranate ice tea.

What is your favourite ice tea flavour?

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Ingredients
basic ice tea
  • 500mls boiling water
  • 5 rooibos tea bags
  • honey to sweeten
  • 500mls ice cold water
for pomegranate ice tea
  • 500mls boiling water
  • 5 rooibos tea bags
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 pomegranate, cut in half
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 2 sprigs mint, lightly bruised
  • honey to sweeten
  • 500mls ice cold water
Method
basic ice tea
  1. Pour the boiling water into a jug and add the tea bags
  2. Steep for 5 minutes before discarding the tea bags
  3. Sweeten to taste with honey
  4. Add the ice cold water
for pomegranate ice tea
  1. Pour the boiling water into a jug and add the tea bags
  2. Add the cinnamon stick
  3. Steep for 5 minutes before discarding the tea bags
  4. Add the arils from one half of the pomegranate, and the juice from the other half
  5. Add the lime juice and zest and the mint
  6. Sweeten to taste with honey
  7. Add the ice cold water
for ice tea
  1. leave to chill before serving and keep in the fridge

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Disclosure: I was invited to the Freshpak event and I was not asked to write a blog post about my experiences. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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41 thoughts on “Recipe For Ice Tea Using Roooibos

  1. Oh I’ve tried, but I can’t get into rooibos tea! I’m hooked on ice Earl Grey with agave syrup at the moment! 🙂

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    1. I so have to try the Earl Grey option – I love the tea 🙂

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  2. Great addition with the pomegranate!

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    1. Thank you yummychunklet 🙂

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  3. I love tea, hot and cold. This recipe for pomegranate tea sounds delicious! I’m pinning to save for some warmer days 😀
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    1. I look forward to hearing if you enjoy the tea!

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  4. Iced tea season is just around the corner on my side of the globe. Your pomegranate ice tea sounds perfect for the sweltering New York summer.
    Mary Frances sharing the blog ♥ Waffles for a Sunday BrunchMy Profile

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    1. I hope you don’t get too hot a summer this year 🙂

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  5. Spring is just starting here, and I love the idea of having this refreshing beverage in the summer heat!

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    1. Summer has come back here after a brief period of true fall weather 🙂

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  6. What a great idea for an iced tw Mr Gg is a rooibis drinker too 🙂
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    1. I love reading about people across the world who drink rooibos 🙂

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  7. The colour of this lovely ice tea is so refreshing from all ice teas looking like apple juice 😀
    Yum!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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    1. Thank you Uru 🙂

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  8. Great tea recipes Tandy, been wanting to try rooibos tea for ages. Thanks!
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    1. My pleasure Cherie 🙂

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  9. This looks delicious! So refreshing.

    My favorite flavor of iced tea is lychee. It’s actually cold brewed, and so good!

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    1. I must try that some time Joyti 🙂

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  10. I learned about rooibos tea when visiting South Africa and since them I became a big fan of this tea…but must admit that never had it cold/iced…looks delicious with pomegranate…
    I usually just add freshly squeezed lemon on my iced tea…
    Thanks for this recipe Tandy…enjoy your week 😀

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    1. I love lemon ice tea as well Juliana, with a hint of ginger 🙂

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  11. Your ice tea looks fabulous Tandy.
    have a super evening.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    1. Thank you Mandy 🙂

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  12. Your pomegranate ice-tea looks very refreshing & ideal for the weather that we are having today: 23 °C. Ooh yes! I love home-made rhubarb orange & ginger tea in full Summer.

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    1. That tea sounds really good Sophie 🙂

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  13. Your pomegranate ice-tea looks very refreshing & ideal for the weather that we are having today: 23 °C. Ooh yes! I love home-made rhubarb orange & ginger tea in full Summer.

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  14. Oh yummy, the pomegranate ice tea sounds like heaven! So much nicer making your own because then you can control the sugar 🙂
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    1. And at least you know there are only fresh ingredients in it!

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  15. Delicious – now the weather is warming up in Spain I should start making this!

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    1. I am sure with the lovely flavours you get in Spain you can make a few variations 🙂

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  16. We make a lot of sun tea in the summer. Usually green tea with ginger and honey. I like that you used rooibos tea in yours. I like teas that are naturally caffeine-free so I can enjoy the tea with dinner.
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    1. I must try some iced green tea 🙂

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  17. I love roobois tea too and I like it so much that one of my friends from South Africa sent me 5 hugs bags of loose roobois tea on her last trip home. That should hold me for a while. I can’t wait to try this recipe so refreshing and so delightful…

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    1. That is so nice of your friend to bring you back so much tea! Enjoy it 🙂

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  18. Rooibos is the tea I drink. Usually hot…can’t wait for the hot weather to try your recipe! 🙂 ela

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    1. I hope you get some summer weather soon Ela so that you can try this 🙂

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  19. How absolutely ideal for this ridiculous heat Tandy. Winter cannot come soon enough! 🙂 xx

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    1. Is this not amazing that we are having such high temperatures this time of the year 🙂 It can stay till we head overseas!

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  20. This sounds good, will give this a try. I like a nice refreshing drink

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    1. And so good for this lovely end to summer 🙂

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  21. My little daughter love ice tea, the berry one. Thanks for the basic recipe. 🙂

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    1. My pleasure Michelle 🙂

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