In the heart of South Africa, rooibos tea has been cherished for generations, not just for its unique flavour but also for its myriad health benefits.
This Spiced Rooibos and Orange Iced Tea recipe is a harmonious blend of earthy rooibos, zesty orange, and aromatic spices, promising a sensory journey with every sip.
Perfect for warm afternoons or gatherings with loved ones, this drink is a testament to the art of blending flavours and traditions.
Spiced Rooibos and Orange Iced Tea
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Brewing Time: 3-5 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
- 4 whole Cloves
- 1 tsp Cinnamon Powder or one small cinnamon stick
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (or other sweetener like honey)
- 3 cups water
- 4 Planet Organic Rooibos tea bags
- 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- Ice cubes, for serving
- 1 orange, thinly sliced, for serving
Preparing the Spiced Syrup: In a saucepan, combine the whole cloves, cinnamon powder/stick, granulated sugar (or honey) and 1 cup of water. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar has completely dissolved. This process will also allow the spices to infuse their flavours into the water. Once done, remove from heat and set aside to cool.
Brewing the Tea: In a separate kettle or saucepan, bring the remaining 2 cups of water to a boil. Once boiling, pour the hot water over the rooibos tea bags in a heatproof jug or teapot. Allow the tea to steep for 3-5 minutes, ensuring a full flavour extraction.
Combining the Elements: After steeping, remove the tea bags from the jug. Strain the cooled spiced syrup into the brewed tea, discarding the cloves and cinnamon stick (if using). Stir in the orange juice, blending the flavours together.
Chilling the Tea: Allow the tea mixture to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, transfer the jug to the refrigerator and chill for at least an hour or until ready to serve.
Serving: Fill glasses with ice cubes. Pour the chilled tea over ice. Garnish each glass with a slice of fresh orange.
Sip and Enjoy: Take a moment to appreciate the aromatic blend of spices, the earthy notes of rooibos, and the refreshing zest of orange.
Chef's Tip: For an added twist, you can muddle a few fresh mint leaves in each glass before adding ice and pouring the tea. The mint will add a refreshing undertone that complements the spiced and citrusy flavours of the iced tea.
This Spiced Rooibos and Orange Iced Tea is more than just a refreshing beverage; it's a celebration of global flavours and age-old traditions.
Whether you're seeking a moment of relaxation or a burst of revitalisation, this drink promises to be your perfect companion. Cheers to good health and delightful sips!
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