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Rooibos Tea Mocktail

Sun’s out, fun’s out, but maybe the alcohol isn’t this time? This rooibos mocktail recipe was born out of those afternoons with my family at the beach.

We all wanted a delicious drink to sip on that wasn’t just juice or soda, and this creation totally hit the spot! It’s refreshing, flavorful, and healthy, making it the perfect mocktail for anyone who wants a beachy beverage without the buzz.

rooibos tea mocktail
  • Rooibos Tea: I love rooibos tea for its smooth, slightly nutty flavor. It’s naturally caffeine-free too, so you can sip on this mocktail any time of day without jitters. If you can’t find rooibos, you can try honeybush tea – it has a similar taste profile.
  • Pineapples: Fresh is always best, but frozen pineapple chunks work in a pinch. They add a burst of juicy sweetness and a tropical vibe.
  • Pineapple Juice: Unsweetened is key here. We don’t want to add any extra sugar, and the natural sweetness of the pineapple shines through perfectly.
  • Honey (or Agave Nectar): A touch of sweetness goes a long way. Honey adds a lovely floral note that complements the rooibos tea, but agave nectar is a great substitute if you’re vegan.
  • Ginger: Freshly grated ginger adds a touch of spicy warmth that cuts through the sweetness and makes this mocktail extra refreshing. Feel free to adjust the amount to your taste preference – start with a little and add more if you like a stronger ginger kick.
  • Club Soda: This adds some fizz and makes the drink extra refreshing. You can use flavored sparkling water for a twist, but be mindful of the added sugar content.
rooibos tea mocktail
  1. Steep and Chill: Brew your rooibos tea bag in 1 cup of hot water for 5-7 minutes. Let it cool completely. Patience is key here – hot tea won’t blend well with the ice!
  2. Tropical Time: In a blender, combine the cooled tea, 1/4 cup fresh or frozen pineapple chunks (thawed if frozen), 1/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice, 1 tablespoon honey (or agave nectar), and 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger.
  3. Blend it Up: Blend everything together until smooth and frosty. Imagine a cool, refreshing wave washing over your tastebuds!
  4. Fizz and Finish: Pour the blended mixture into a tall glass filled with ice. Top it off with club soda for some bubbly fun. Aim for a nice balance between the blended mixture and the club soda – you want some fizz without diluting the flavor.
  5. Beach Chic (Optional): Garnish your mocktail with a fresh pineapple wedge and a sprig of mint for that extra beachy touch! This is where you can get creative – a slice of orange, a sprinkle of cinnamon, or even a cherry could work too! Just have fun with it.
rooibos tea mocktail

You can definitely swap club soda for sparkling water in this rooibos mocktail. Club soda is great for adding neutral fizz, but flavored sparkling water can be a fun way to add another layer of flavor to your drink.

Here are some ideas for pairing flavored sparkling water:

  • Tropical Twist: Pineapple or mango flavored sparkling water would be a natural fit with the pineapple in the recipe.
  • Citrus Splash: For a more citrusy mocktail, try grapefruit or tangerine flavored sparkling water.
  • Berry Delight: If you’re looking for something a little different, raspberry or mixed berry flavored sparkling water could be a fun option.

Just be mindful of the added sugar content in some flavored sparkling waters. You might want to adjust the amount of honey or agave nectar in your recipe to balance out the sweetness.

Here’s a tip: If you’re unsure about the sweetness level of your sparkling water, try doing a half-and-half mix with club soda first. You can always add more flavored sparkling water to taste!

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Rooibos Tea Mocktail

Recipe by Tania Faysal
Servings

1

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

5

minutes

This refreshing Rooibos tea mocktail is perfect for anyone who wants a delicious and healthy beach day beverage without the alcohol!

Ingredients

  • 1 rooibos tea bag

  • 1 cup hot water

  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen pineapple chunks (thawed if frozen)

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice

  • 1 tablespoon honey (or agave nectar)

  • 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

  • Club soda, to top

  • Fresh pineapple wedge and mint sprig, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  • Bew the rooibos tea bag in hot water for 5-7 minutes. Let it cool completely in a heat-resistant glass.
  • In a blender, combine the cooled tea, pineapple chunks, pineapple juice, honey, and ginger. Blend until smooth and frosty.
  • Pour the blended mixture into a tall glass filled with ice. Top it off with club soda, leaving some space at the top for the fizz.
  • Garnish your mocktail with a fresh pineapple wedge and a sprig of mint for a beachy touch!

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