Preparing a Cup Of Tea
We recommend that Rooibos tea be steeped or brewed for a minimum of 5 minutes to release the flavor and the valuable antioxidants and minerals.
Experts suggest that brewing Rooibos for 10 minutes or longer will increase the antioxidant content of the tea by 30%. After this, the tea can be used immediately or stored.
It can be reheated or cooled without any effect, as the tea is very low in tannins and will thus not turn bitter as normal coffee and tea would.
One Rooibos tea bag contains 2.5 grams of leaves and is enough for two cups of tea. Two Rooibos tea bags will make 1 liter of Rooibos tea that can be served hot. Three bags will make 1 liter of strong Rooibos that can be served cold or mixed with other drinks or foods.
Preparing Iced Tea
- 3 Rooibos teabags
- 100 to 200 gram sugar or honey depending on taste
- 25ml lemon juice
- Iced cubes
Prepare 1 liter of strong Rooibos by steeping 3 bags in 1 liter of boiling water for more than 10 minutes.
Sugar or honey can be added to the warm Rooibos if a sweetened iced tea is required.
Remove the teabags and allow it to cool down.
Add lemon juice.
Chill and serve with ice cubes, garnished with fruit slices and mint.
Will serve 8 glasses of 150 ml.
Rooibos tea can be prepared and served as any other tea, but it can also be used in many other applications.
It can be served with or with-out sugar, milk or cream, hot or iced, as a blended tea, or as the basis for a fruit punch or even a soup.
Rooibos is also a meat tenderizer and can be used in marinades and sauces as a replacement for water or other liquids.