I recently started drinking red rooibos tea daily. I like the almost sweet, slightly nutty flavor but wanted something a little more exciting. I decided to try and make a chai tea using red rooibos. After a few experiments I came up with a spicy, tasty tea that the whole family enjoys.
1/4 cup red rooibos
1 tablespoon dried cut ginger (not powdered)
1 dried and crushed orange peel
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 crushed bay leaves
1/8 teaspoon whole or slightly crushed peppercorns
Brew one rounded tablespoon in 1 1/2 cups water. Strain and add 1-2 tablespoons coconut milk or cream. Sweeten to taste.
Red Rooibos is grown in Africa and was first drank by the Khoisan, a tribe of bushmen. The tea is chopped and bruised before being fermented. It is then dried in the African sun, where it turns from green to a brilliant orange-red. Rooibos is full of antioxidants and minerals, contains alpha-hydroxy and is naturally caffeine free.