Rooibos Latte



I recently visited a coffee shop in the West Village that made a delicious chamomile latte and it gave me the idea for this latte. I’ve been making and drinking this almost every night. Rooibos doesn’t have any caffeine so it’s a great evening tea. It also has very little tannin, so no matter how long you steep it for, it’ll never get bitter.

Makes 2 cups 

1/2 cup water
4 teaspoons rooibos
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup milk (I use soy.)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
honey (optional)

Electric milk frother (or use a French press to froth milk)
Tall container (I used the glass from a French press.) or froth in the saucepan.

1. Boil water and take off heat. Steep rooibos for about 5 minutes. Add vanilla extract.
2. Heat milk in a saucepan & pour into a tall container. Whisk to create froth.
3. Pour rooibos, then milk into 2 mugs. Add honey as needed. Top with cinnamon. Enjoy!

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  • Great mugs! Are those re-purposed French presses?
    I've use my small French press to steep tea.

  • Jee (Oh, How Civilized)
    4 years ago

    Hi Georgia, I got the mugs from Bodum and they match the french press. I just looked but it looks like they don't sell them anymore.
    Same here, I like to use the french press for tea!

  • Margaret
    4 years ago

    Oh, how lovely! I can't wait to try this 🙂

  • 4 years ago

    Just as a tip for your readers. Incase you don't have an electric hand held frother I have been frothing milk with a small french press for years. Pour hot milk just above the screen and press the plunger up and down until the volume of the milk fills up the press. I do this in a 12oz Bodum press and the volume goes from about 2 ounces to 12 ounces (volume) of frothed milk in less than a minute.

  • Margaret
    4 years ago

    I just made it and it was delicious! I used the milkshake blender attachment that came with my kitchen-aid hand mixer to froth the milk. I would suggest using more than 1/2 cup water if you are making this for 2 people. The cinnamon is a great touch 🙂

  • Jee (Oh, How Civilized)
    4 years ago

    Hi Brian, thanks for the fantastic tip! I'm going to give it a try the next time I make a latte!

    Hi Margaret, yay! Happy to hear you enjoyed it! I made it with 1 part rooibos to 3 parts milk, since that's what I like, but you're right, it may not be enough for others. So maybe 1 part rooibos to 2 parts milk may be better. Good tip!

  • Jenny
    8 months ago

    Hi there, just found your blog when I googled rooibos latte and really excited to read through more of your posts!

    • Jee
      8 months ago

      Hi Jenny, yay! Happy you found my blog!

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