African Rooibos Tea

Rooibos Tea Benefits For Your Guests

Serve African Rooibos tea to your wedding guests. It's one of the coolest teas out there today and red rooibos tea health benefits really rank high on the wellness scale. I'll admit, even though I am African, I personally didn't think rooibos tea was that big of a deal till I read The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series of books, then all of a sudden, I too wanted to drink this African red bush tea everyday whilst sitting on my verandah solving other peoples' problems… but I digress.

If you are having an African-themed wedding, then in addition to serving African food, you'll want to also offer some African drinks… and we do have plenty of them. African rooibos tea is not just delicious, but the rooibos tea health benefits will give your guests an added boost. Granted, just the one or two servings they'll get at your wedding reception may not be life-changing but it may be enough to turn them onto this tea for quite a while after.

Red rooibos tea can be made and served several different ways. Check out some of the recipes below and select the one(s) you think will work best for your own wedding event. Be aware though that red rooibos tea doesn't have any caffeine so if you have an evening event and your guests need a pick me up, this drink isn't going to do it; you may need to also offer them some regular tea or coffee as well. The recipes below are for a personal serving size so you'll need to multiply accordingly to make larger quantities. Your catering crew should be able to do this seamlessly. After you pick what best suits you, then read for to find out some of the health benefits of African rooibos tea.

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African Rooibos Tea Recipes

Iced African Red Rooibos Tea #1

Ingredients

  • 1 quart of boiling filtered water
  • 8 tablespoons of loose leaf African red rooibos tea
  • Honey or other sweetener to taste (optional)
  • 1 quart of cold water

Directions

  • Place the loose leaf red rooibos in a tea sac or mesh tea ball
  • Put the sac or ball in a heat proof pitcher which is large enough to hold at least 2 quarts of tea
  • Pour the boiling water over the leaves
  • Brew tea for 5 - 7 minutes
  • Remove the tea ball or sac
  • Allow this concentrated tea to cool
  • Add the cold water
  • Garnish with orange slices or mint

Iced African Red Rooibos Tea #2

Ingredients

  • 8 rooibos tea bags
  • 4 stalks of mint
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 2 slices ginger
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)

Directions

  • Cut the orange and lemon into 4 thick slices each
  • Put all the ingredients into a glass jug and cover with boiling water
  • Leave to stand for 30 minutes
  • Strain, lightly squeezing the excess liquid from the teabags, fruit and mint
  • Pour strained tea into a 2L container and top up with cold water
  • Serve over ice with a little sugar syrup (if you like it sweeter) and a few slices of mixed citrus fruit (to make it look nice and tropical)

Sangria with Rooibos

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons loose leaf African rooibos tea
  • 1 L water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 apples
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 bottles red wine
  • 1/4 L Cognac
  • 1 L soda water

Directions

  • Prepare the tea using the traditional method
  • While hot, add the sugar and let cool
  • Prepare the fruit (slice the apples, peel and segment the orange and lemons)
  • Add the Cognac and the wine

African Red Rooibos & Lavender Tea

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons loose red bush rooibos tea leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lavender flowers
  • Orange slices or lemon slice
  • Sugar or honey, to taste

Directions

  • Boil enough water to fill up your teapot
  • Place the red bush tea and lavender blossoms in a tea infuser and set in a teapot
  • Pour the boiling water into the teapot, cover with a tea cozy and steep for 5 minutes
  • Serve with orange slices (or lemon slices) and sugar on the side
  • Note that both the amount of tea used and amount of flowers used are estimated, eventually, you'll be able to make it to your own liking

African Rooibos Tea Benefits

  • Rich in anti-oxidants and flavonoids - these have anti-inflammatory properties
  • Great skin - because its rich in zinc and alpha-hydroxy acids
  • Immune system booster - due to its high magnesium content
  • Fewer stomach issues such as constipation, indigestion, colic, ulcers, etc. - this tea has anti-spasmodic properties that help to quell stomach problems
  • Strong bones and teeth - this tea contains calcium, fluoride and manganese which are essential for these
  • Stay younger longer - Japanese scientists have found that African rooibos tea contains a high amount of the enzyme super oxide dismutase, a.k.a. SOD, which is an anti-oxidant that attacks free radicals (free radicals cause our bodies to age quicker), thus limiting their damaging effects
  • No "crash" after you drink it - because it has NO caffeine!

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