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Rooibos Tea

Author: Jee Choe
How to make this red-colored herbal tea properly, hot and cold.
4.9 from 15 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Steep Time 5 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving


  • 1 cup water + more to warm teapot
  • 1 ½ teaspoons rooibos tea or 1 tea sachet


  • Boil water.
    If using an electric kettle with temperature setting, set it to 208°F. Boil a little more water than needed so that it can be used to warm up the teapot. Filtered water is best.
  • Warm up teapot.
    Pour hot water into a teapot, halfway, and swirl it around a bit. Discard the water.
    Warming up the teapot is an extra step that all tea professionals take the time to do, so that when the tea steeps, the water temperature won't drop drastically.
  • Put rooibos tea into the teapot and add hot water. Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.
  • Strain rooibos solids and pour hot tea into a teacup.
    Rooibos bits can escape the strainer so if you want less rooibos solids in your tea, strain it again, using a fine mesh strainer.


How to Make Cold Brew Rooibos Iced Tea

  1. Put rooibos tea and cool or room temperature water in a pitcher or glass container. Cover pitcher and place in refrigerator for at least 12 hours. Stir to make sure tea get dampened by the water and isn't sitting dry on top of the water surface. Use filtered water for a better tasting iced tea. 
  2. Strain out rooibos solids and pour tea into a cup. Ice is optional since the tea is already chilled.

Brewing Guide

Hot Rooibos Tea
  • TEA: 1 ½ teaspoons loose rooibos tea or 1 tea sachet
  • WATER: 1 cup (8 oz.)
  • STEEP TIME: 5 minutes
Cold Brew Rooibos Iced Tea
  • TEA: 1 ½ teaspoons loose rooibos tea or 1 tea sachet
  • WATER: 1 cup (8 oz.)
  • STEEP TIME: 12 hours in the refrigerator


  • Use loose tea instead of tea bags for a better quality cup of tea.
  • For a stronger cup of rooibos tea, add a couple of more minutes to your steep time or add 1/2 teaspoon more of rooibos loose tea.
  • Use a glass teapot to make herbal tea so you can see the herbals in water.
  • If you want to sweeten hot tea, you can use any kind of sweetener from sugar to date syrup, but for sweetening iced tea, always use simple syrup since it'll be the easiest to mix into a cold drink.
  • If you don't want to have any rooibos bits in your tea, strain it twice using a fine mesh strainer.
  • Rooibos tea can be brewed and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Keep it covered or airtight glass container or pitcher.
  • Loose rooibos tea and tea sachets should be stored in an airtight container away from light, odors, humidity, and heat.


Calories: 1 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 3mg | Calcium: 7mg
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