Rooibos Iced Tea Recipe

    rooibos iced tea in a glass

    When the weather is warm and you’re feeling thirsty, reach for this rooibos iced tea recipe. Refreshing and cool, rooibos is a natural thirst quencher and the perfect poolside accompaniment on a hot day.

    Rooibos tea, also known as red bush, is an herbal tea that’s traditionally used to treat everything from headaches and insomnia to hypertension and premature aging.

    This rooibos iced tea can help with all those ailments while also being an aromatic, tasty way to cool you down. Made with orange and cloves, this tea will delight you with bright citrus flavors and awaken your senses with the spicy cloves.


    Cook time: 5 minutes
    Prep time: 3 minutes
    Idle time: 2 hours


    1. Pour boiling water over tea and steep for about 4 minutes. Strain and set aside.
    2. Roll orange on counter for a minute to free the juices. Stud orange with cloves, pushing them into the peel.
    3. Put orange into a wide-mouthed glass container, pour in tea and chill.
    4. Serve in tall iced-tea glasses, garnished with orange slices and cinnamon sticks.

    Additional information

    Updated by Beeta Hashempour on 6/28/2018

    Jody Rudman is the host of What’s Brewing? and founder and owner of Tempest Tea, a retail-cafe tea concept in Dallas. Tempest now has two locations in the Dallas area, and several franchise requests worldwide. Jody and her husband started Tempest Tea with an eye toward promoting tea as a health beverage, and an alternative to coffee and soda. Part of their mission is to educate the public on the health benefits of tea, as well as proper ways to brew and enjoy it. Tempest offers over 75 varieties of tea as well as a canned green tea soda and 2-ounce herbal boosts. Jody created each of Tempest’s blends of tea and supervises their importation, quality control, blending and packaging. Tempest offers black, green, white, rooibos and herbal teas, as well as chais in four varieties, yerba mates, bubble tea, and tea smoothies. All teas are organic and fair-trade certified, all are offered in loose leaf form, and several are available in biodegradable teabags. Jody and her husband have lectured extensively at conventions and to private groups on subjects ranging from growing, picking and processing tea leaves, to the differences among tea varieties, to the proper methods of brewing and enjoying tea, to loose-leaf and bagged teas. Tempest Tea has been featured on TV and in magazines and newspapers. Tempest, which Jody designed, has been photographed and featured in Southern Living magazine, American Way magazine, a book of tea houses of the south, and numerous other publications. Tempest also has a wholesale business, selling products to markets worldwide in grocery, coffee shop, health club, spa, and cafe distribution channels. Jody is also an actress. She has played principal roles in national commercials for AT&T, La-Z-Boy, Don Pablo’s, Zatarains, Stanley Steemer, Mass Mutual, Denny’s and the Z Living network, among others. She has also appeared in regional print and television advertisements, as well as theater productions and films.