Freshpak rooibos iced teaI was treated to a hamper from Freshpak filled with tea and fresh fruits to try my hand at making various iced tea recipes for the hot summer days ahead. Last summer I used to make a simple iced tea by filling a jug full of ice, half brewed cold rooibos tea and half apple juice. It is a wonderful thirst quencher and a healthy alternative to soft drinks. Add some soda to give it a little fizz and you have a tasty non-alcoholic sundowner. Using the Freshpak recipe, I made some delicious and fruity iced tea at home.

Freshpak have created recipes for iced tea for different occasions, using ingredients usually found in your fridge which makes it an easy and affordable drink to prepare. Rooibos tea is naturally caffeine-free, contains no preservatives or colourants, is high in anti-oxidants, kilojoule free and low in sodium making it the “yoga of tea-drinking”. Freshpak offers a wide range of Rooibos, Herbal and Green teas and a special range of Rooibos teas have been created for babies and children. Freshpak Baby consists of organic Rooibos while Freshpak Junior Tea is aimed at 2 – 12 year olds and is available in four flavours: original Rooibos, Peach & Apricot, Strawberry & Vanilla and Apple.

To make your own Freshpak Rooibos iced tea:

  1. Drop 4-6 tea bags into a jug.
  2. Fill with 1 litre boiled water & add sugar/honey to taste.
  3. Allow it to cool down completely.
  4. Add sliced fruit & lots of ice
  5. Your Rooibos Iced Tea can last for 2-3 days but it tastes best fresh!

If you want to make something a little more special for an occasion, try out these recipes developed by Freshpak Rooibos. All recipes serve 8.

Freshpak Lemon and Mint Iced TeaFreshpak Rooibos Iced Tea

  • 3 Freshpak Rooibos tea bags
  • ½ lemon, sliced thinly, plus additional for garnish
  • 10 fresh mint leaves, plus additional for garnish
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 litres boiling water
  1. Place tea bags, lemon, mint leaves and sugar in a large pot. Pour the boiling water into the pot and leave to steep for 5 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags.
  2. When tea has reached room temperature, refrigerate.
  3. To serve, remove original lemon slices and mint, add a handful of ice blocks and garnish glasses with freshly sliced lemon and fresh mint leaves.

 Freshpak Rooibos Iced TeaFreshpak Apple and Ginger Iced Tea

  • 1.5 litres boiling water
  • 2 Freshpak Rooibos tea bags
  • ¼ cup honey (optional)
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 2cm knob of fresh ginger, peeled
  • 750ml clear apple juice
  • 2 royal gala apples, sliced and seeded, for garnish
  1. Pour boiling water into a jug over the tea bags, honey, lemon juice and fresh ginger. Allow the tea steep for 5 minutes before removing the tea bags. Add the apple juice.
  2. When tea has reached room temperature, take out the ginger and refrigerate.
  3. To serve, add a handful of ice blocks and sliced apple pieces.

Freshpak Rooibos Iced TeaFreshpak Berry Blast Iced Tea

  • 400g mixed berries, fresh or thawed
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 4 Freshpak Rooibos tea bags
  • 2 litres boiling water
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • Fresh berries, for garnish
  1. Place fresh or frozen berries and 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, using back of a spoon to squeeze out the juice. Discard solids and keep the leftover juice. Wipe the saucepan clean.
  2. Pour just boiled water into the same saucepan, add tea bags, and leave to steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags and stir in 3/4 cup sugar and the mixed berry juice mixture.
  3. Pour into a large jug and allow to reach room temperature before refrigerating.
  4. Serve over lots of crushed ice with additional fresh berries as garnish.

Freshpak Rooibos Iced TeaFreshpak Rose Petal Iced Tea

  • 2 litres boiling water
  • 4 Freshpak Rooibos tea bags
  • 4 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp of rose syrup
  • 1 drop pink food colouring
  • Fresh rose petals
  1. Pour boiling water over the tea bags and leave to steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and add the sugar and stir to dissolve.
  2. Allow tea to cool and then add the rose syrup and the food colouring and stir.
  3. To serve, add lots of ice and garnish with fresh rose petals.

Freshpak Peach Ice Tea Lollies

  • 3 cups boiling waterFreshpak Rooibos Iced Tea Lolly
  • 5 Freshpak Rooibos tea bags
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 250ml of peach concentrate – found in juice aisle of supermarket
  • Fresh peaches for garnish
  1. Pour 3 cups of boiling water over tea bags.
  2. Let tea steep for about 5 minutes and then remove bags and discard.
  3. Add sugar to hot water, stir until dissolved.
  4. Add peach concentrate and stir.
  5. Pour tea mixture into a jug and refrigerate.
  6. Once cooled, pour into prepared ice lolly trays and place in the freezer overnight.
  7. To serve, remove the lollies from the freezer and place on a tray served with sliced peaches as garnish

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Images and recipes courtesy of Freshpak

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