Revitalising rooibos iced tea and Summer

glassI’m a new convert to iced tea. I usually opt for piping hot tea, regardless of the temperature, but Pinterest has inspired me to be a little bit more adventurous. The ice teas that pop up on Pinterest are colourful, beautifully styled and no doubt taste fantastic. I wanted something like that!

So with a little trepidation, I left the oven off and stuck to fresh, revitalising ingredients for my iced tea. Everything about this drink screams Summer to me –it’s full of invigorating ingredients, super quick to throw together, it’s best over ice, and the colour is divine!

If you want to be extra health-conscious, try replacing the sugar with honey or artificial sweeteners.

Revitalising Rooibos iced tea

  • 1 litre waterflower
  • 4 rooibos tea bags
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • 1/3 cup mint leaves
  • 3g ginger
  • 6 tsp sugar

Boil your water and pour over the tea bags. Toss zest and lemon juice in. Tear mint leaves into the mixture. Slice ginger into slender ribbons and add them, then the sugar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and leave to brew for 5 minutes.

pourRemove the tea bags then set the mixture in the fridge to cool and infuse. The longer you leave it, the stronger the flavours will become.

To serve, strain the ginger and mint out. Pour the liquid over plenty of ice and serve with extra mint and lemon slices.

sceneIf you’re new to Rooibos, this is a good way to try it! Rooibos has a distinctly different taste to most teas – it is sweeter and more herbal than a regular breakfast tea. The addition of the lemon, mint and ginger counteracts the sweetness of the tea and gives the tea layers of taste.

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