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Rooibos, which is pronounced ‘roy-bos’, is a caffeine-free herbal tea originating from the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is commonly known to those outside of South Africa as “Red Bush Tea”, not just due to its English translation but because of its deep amber hue when brewed. Thus, Rooibos Inspired Cocktails were born.
Although the British are quite familiar with this tea, it has been a relatively unknown beverage by the rest of the world until recently, piquing the interest of foodies and health enthusiasts across the globe as a preferred rich-tasting alternative to caffeinated green and black tea.
The Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea
Rooibos tea has even been mentioned by the Time Magazine as one of the 50 healthiest foods to consume and here’s why:
- It is packed with antioxidants which fight against chronic and degenerative diseases
- It is rich in minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc and magnesium. These are all necessary to maintain strong teeth, hair and skin
- It contains alpha hydroxyl acid which assists with reducing the onset of wrinkles
- It is full of electrolytes which is great for rehydration and the regulation of blood pressure
- It is also anti-inflammatory which is soothing on the gut
- It is totally caffeine-free which makes it a great soothing drink to have before bedtime
The Trending Combination of Rooibos and Alcohol
Many South Africans drink the tea with a dash of milk and honey at breakfast, morning and afternoon tea times, as well as in the evenings to assist with sleep. However, a recent trend now involves adding alcohol to the mix and the results are both intriguing and delicious!
Rooibos Inspired Cocktails
Here are 6 rooibos tea inspired alcoholic drinks for those who dare to try something new. You won’t be disappointed!