RSVP Collection No. 48 - Iced Tea, No Sugar Needed
Iced Tea, No Sugar Needed
Start the morning with a three-teabag infusion, each a different variety of tea. Vital ingredient is red bush tea (also known as rooibos). Made from the leaves of a South African herb, Aspalthus linearis, it's decaf and isn't even related to traditional tea, but serves as a great substitute with a subtly sweet taste and less than half the tannin of regular tea. And unlike wan fruit tea, it still has a kick to it, essential when avoiding caffeine. African red bush tea can be found of late in most supermarkets; Tazo and Celestial Seasonings both offer versions.
With red bush as a base note, add another strong flavor, such as rose hips tea, for a rosy drink, or ginger tea.
The third bag can be as flowery or fruity as you like, such as green tea with cranberry.
Fill a two-quart heavy glass pitcher to about a third with boiling water to make a strong infusion. (You can also use a teapot, of course, but I skip that step by using a pitcher that can stand up to hot water.)
After steeping for long enough to let the liquid cool down (say 20 minutes), fill up the jug with cold water and stir. Then add citrus slices—lemons are fine but limes give more depth. If you are craving some natural sweetness, sliced orange or clementine make a good addition.