When one of my colleagues recently wrote about a cancer-killing tea I’d never heard of, I had no idea that I was about to discover my new favorite tea.
I had tried to be a green tea drinker. Green tea has such amazing health-boosting properties I’d be foolish not to, right? But I found green tea a little too bitter for my liking. And adding in tons of any kind of sweetener to make it appetizing for me would negate all of those great benefits.
But rooibos tea has a natural sweetness — not too much, just right — and isn’t bitter at all. And its health benefits? Let’s just say it certainly gives green tea a run for the money.
I enjoy it so much that I can actually drink it plain, meaning no cream or sugar. One afternoon while working I let my cup of rooibos tea grow cold. And to my surprise, I found it even tastier cold.
So I decided to experiment with a rooibos ice tea cooler containing some of my favorite flavors… cherry and lime.
I hope you enjoy it as much and as often as I plan to during the coming hot summer months.
- 3 cups of water
- 6 rooibos tea bags
- 1 fresh lime
- ½ cup loosely packed basil
- ¼ cup of tart cherry juice
- 2 tsp. honey
- Crushed ice
- Boil the water and remove from heat. When water is calm, gently pour it into a heat-resistant pitcher and add tea bags.
- Lightly crumple basil in your hand and add to tea, stir and let steep for one minute. Scoop out tea bags and basil and discard.
- Stir in two teaspoons of honey.
- Add tart cherry juice and squeeze the juice from lime into tea. Pour over crushed ice and garnish with fresh basil and or lime slices.