Figgy Pudding Rooibos Tisane

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Figgy Pudding Rooibos
cinnamon, raisins, candied ginger, pineapple and bits of maple

FLAVOR PROFILE
This Figgy PuddingRooibos “Oh, bring us some Figgy Pudding…tea? Oh, yes. All the flavors of a traditional holiday cake are now in a festive cuppa with a bonus of all the benefits of rooibos and honeybush. Consider it a gift to yourself!

This naturally caffeine-free rooibos tisane is overflowing with cinnamon, raisin, ginger, candied pineapple and maple. It will have you singing for more.

BENEFITS
For more information on the amazing benefits of rooibos, please read our blog post Why You Should Drink Rooibos Everyday and a Note on Who Shouldn’t. (Yes, there are some folks, specifically those undergoing chemotherapy treatments, who should speak with their medical care provider before adding rooibos to their diet.)

As a rooibos, this tisane is naturally caffeine-free and contains soothing properties to aid relaxation.

Rooibos and green rooibos (unfermented rooibos—think black tea which is fermented vs. green tea which is not) are both tisanes that provide antioxidant benefits. Studies show the regular consumption of rooibos in either form may help fight cancer, protect against heart disease and may positively affect blood sugar. 

Honeybush, closely related to the rooibos bush and also indigenous to South Africa, is equally beneficial. Honeybush is naturally sweet and has honey-like aroma and notes—hence its name. The leaves, bark and stems of this bush contain a variety of minerals including calcium, iron and zinc as well as other plant compounds with antioxidant benefits.

Cinnamon bark is full of beneficial compounds that may help improve heart health and reduce inflammation and blood sugar levels and even alleviate menstrual cramps

SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Figgy PuddingRooibos can be enjoyed hot or iced, sweetened with sugar, honey or other sweeteners. Milk may also be added.

The rich, sweet notes of this tisane lends itself to be a wonderful base for a latte style beverage we call "lattea-s."

To prepare a lattea using our fabulous Figgy Pudding,

  1. Prepare tisane according to the traditional hot tea method below. 
  2. Sweeten one cup to taste if desired.
  3. Heat one cup of milk in a saucepan being careful not to scold. 
  4. Using a whisk or aerator, froth the milk. 
  5. Pour the tisane into a large mug, leaving room for the frothy milk.
  6. Pour the milk over the tisane in the mug.
  7. Spoon the remaining milk foam over the top of the beverage.

PREPARATION
Traditional Hot Tea
Measure one heaping teaspoon of tea leaves per one cup water into a tea filter or into an infuser of your choice. Keep in mind, the infuser you choose must be large enough to allow the tea leaves to swell and unfurl. This allows the tea leaves to release their full flavor. Place filter into teapot or mug. Bring filtered or freshly drawn water to a boil then pour into teapot or mug. Infuse 8-10 minutes. Remove the filter and discard or remove infuser and discard tea leaves. Garnish as desired with sugar, honey, sweetener and/or lemon slices.

Iced Tea
Measure six heaping teaspoons of tea leaves into a tea filter and place into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Bring 2 cups of filtered or freshly drawn water to a boil. Immediately pour boiled water over filter into teapot or heat-resistant pitcher. Infuse 8-10 minutes. Remove filter and sweeten tea with ½ cup sugar if desired. Add 2 cups of filtered or freshly drawn water to a serving pitcher. Pour in prepared tea and mix well. Add 2 cups ice and stir. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Cold-infusion Method*
Measure four teaspoons of tea leaves into a tea filter and place inside a clean glass jar or small pitcher. Position filter so that the tea leaves will be submerged and the top hangs over the side of the jar or pitcher so that leaves do not spill out once water is added. Pour four cups of filtered or freshly drawn water over the filter. Cover with lid or plastic wrap. Refrigerate 8-12 hours (or overnight).

*Cold-infused tea has higher levels of antioxidants. To serve hot, simply pour the cold-infused tisane into a saucepan over medium heat and gently warm to desired temperature.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Store Figgy Pudding in a cool, dark place away from direct light. If stored properly, this tisane will stay fresh for up to two years.

Ingredients: rooibos, honeybush, greenrooibos, natural and artificial flavor, cinnamon bark, raisins, ginger root, candied ginger, candied pineapple (contains sugar cane, pineapple, citric acid), maple bits, safflowers