In January, I posted a series of Rooibos tea recipes. With spring in the air, and the sweet smell of blossoms all around, it is time to drink flowery Rooibos tea. This time however, rather than daisies or chrysanthemums, I’ve paired Rooibos with another flower.
The flowering Osmanthus tree, is native to Eastern Asia. The beautiful delicate yellow or orange flowers, have a subtle flavour, and a natural sweetness. Flowers are produced in spring, summer and also autumn. The sweet fragrance can be overpowering, and trees are often planted in parks for the public to enjoy.
This tea is tasty, healthy, and best of all, allergy friendly. Naturally gluten-free, you can enjoy this drink either hot, or iced.
Rooibos and Osmanthus Flower Tea
- 1 Tablespoon of loose Rooibos leaves
- 1 teaspoon of dried Osmanthus flowers
- Boiling water
Milk and sweetener optional.
There are a few ways to steep tea. I have a French press, and so like to make a large pot of tea, and drink it throughout the day, adding boiled water when needed. Rooibos will deepen in flavour and colour the longer you leave it to steep.
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- Place the Rooibos leaves and dried Osmanthus flowers into a French press
- Carefully pour boiling water over the leaves and flowers
- Gently press down on the leaves and flowers
- Leave to steep for about 5 minutes, until the strength is to your liking
- Pour into a mug or cup and enjoy the sweet aroma that fills the air with a touch of spring