Happy spring day South Africa! To celebrate, I want to share a refreshing ice tea that is still healthy with a touch of sweetness and quenches the thirst. The ice tea is great for using up any lemons and oranges that have been lying around this winter, to make something fresh and exciting to welcome the new season.
I love using rooibos tea to make this ice tea because it has has a very earthy mild taste, which pairs very well with the citrus flavours from the oranges and lemons.
Rooibos has numerous benefits for the body such as:
Protects the liver.
Packed with antioxidants.
Reduces the risk of heart disease.
Rooibos tea can reduce the risk of cancer.
This ice cold beverage does not only taste amazing, it also has amazing benefits for your body.
Lemon and orange Rooibos ice tea
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 0 minutes
4 rooibos tea bags (Any brand)
8 cups/ 2000ml (2l) boiling water
¼ cup/ 60ml honey or sweetener of choice
Mint leaves (optional)
To a large jug add tea bags, hot water and honey. Cut the rind/peel of 2 oranges and 1 lemon, making sure you do not cut the white of the orange or the lemon. Add the rind to the tea, cut the pulp of the oranges and lemon in half squeeze out the juice and add to the tea. Stir the tea until honey dissolves.
Leave the tea to set for 5-10 minutes before removing the tea bags, you can also remove the rinds, for a strong orange and lemon flavour let the rinds infuse into the tea overnight, at room temperature .
Place ice tea in the refrigerator for 1 hour before serving, to ensure that the ice tea is nice and cold.
To serve, cut the remaining lemon and orange into thin rings, place in a large jug. Add ice and mint leaves to the jug and pour the cold ice tea into serving glasses.
To make this ice tea a super skinny drink add less honey or don't any sweetener at all.
Ps: Eat well. live well