Mar 12, 2010

Red Rooibos Spicy Chai Tea

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.

Mix together

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.

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