Homemade iced tea is perfect for quenching your thirst on a scorching day. So make it ahead and keep a big pitcher in your fridge to sip as the mercury rises.
Red bush – or Rooibos in Afrikaans – tea comes from the leaves of a bush that grows in southern Africa and like many teas has valuable antioxidants such as aspalathin and nothofagin.
Red bush also contains soothing compounds that work as an antispasmodic; people who have chronic stomach problems and cramps swear by it. It’s also caffeine-free, yet has a rich, well-rounded flavour so you can drink it in the evening and throughout the day while working away.
It’s tasty straight without sweetener but you can choose how much sugar to add. But if you are craving something gently sweetened, add a tablespoon of maple syrup or raw honey. To make the red bush cooler, add 1 cup of basic red bush iced tea to 1 cup of cubed watermelon, 1/4 cup orange juice, and 4 ice cubes and blend until smooth.
Below is the recipe for making that rooibos iced tea:
2 quarts boiling hot water
4 tablespoons red bush tea or 8 small tea bags
Ice for serving
Steep the tea in the boiled water for 3 to 4 minutes. Cool to room temperature before refrigerating in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.