Iced Tea From Rooibos

rooibos iced teaHomemade iced tea is perfect for quenching your thirst on a sweltering summer 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 antispazmodic; people who have chronic stomach problems and cramps swear by it.

According to Wikipedia, “Rooibos is grown only in a small area in the Cederberg region of the Western Cape province. Generally, the leaves are oxidised, a process often, and inaccurately, referred to as fermentation by analogy with tea-processing terminology. This process produces the distinctive reddish-brown colour of rooibos and enhances the flavour.”

“Unoxidised “green” rooibos is also produced, but the more demanding production process for green rooibos (similar to the method by which green tea is produced) makes it more expensive than traditional rooibos. It carries a malty flavour somewhat different from its red counterpart.”

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I like rooibos because it’s caffeine-free, yet has a rich, well rounded flavor so I can drink it in the evening and throughout the day while I’m working away.

It’s tasty straight without sweetener but you can choose how much sugar to add. Here’s my recipe for rooibos iced tea »


  1. I love rooibos. I’ve been making Mango Rooibos ice tea this summer – it’s yummy.

  2. Rooibos tea says:

    Ever since my move to South Africa and I tried Rooibos tea, I’m hooked on it. I love it. That’s been going on for a year now. Still works for me. So this Iced Tea recipe sound good to me.

  3. Ann Trenton says:

    Great post! Iced tea, brewed from the leaves or flowers of numerous herbal plants, can provide you with a chilled glass of refreshing fluids. Not only can it help quench your thirst, but iced tea may also offer you several potential health benefits. Because everyone’s dietary needs are different, talk to your doctor before making any major changes to your dietary practices, including the use of tea as a self-treatment for a potential health problem.

  4. M M Strauss says:

    I love Rooibos Ice tea, I make mine with honey (added while tea still hot) and a squeeze of lime or lemon juice.. yummy.

  5. excellent when mixed with juice!

  6. Hi Jennifer,

    Thanks for the recipe! I’ve started a tea business and have been looking for things to do with my teas aside from serving hot. I’ve put up a great recipe for an Earl Grey cake and am definitely going to try to ice some of our Zesty Lemon Rooibos, which I like would be perfect for your recipe. Thanks again and come check out our store :)

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