Red Truck Christmas Rooibos will have you dreaming of childhood holiday memories. Imagine when Pop would bring home the family Christmas tree in his old red truck and Mom would have mulled cider on the stove. This tea is the perfect pairing of those two memories. Red Truck Christmas is a complex blend of rooibos, woodsy rosemary, cardamom, star anise, ginger, orange, apple and rose pepper accented with festive cinnamon imperials. Unlike that fresh cut tree, Red Truck Christmas Rooibos can be enjoyed all through the year.
Red Truck Christmas Rooibos is excellent served hot and takes well to sugar, honey and other sweeteners.
Because it is a rooibos tisane, Red Truck Christmas Rooibos is naturally caffeine-free, making it a lovely choice for evening tea drinking. It is also contains high levels of antioxidants with the most coming through the rooibos, honeybush, tulsi and pink peppercorns.
There are a variety of ways to prepare this tea:
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.
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.
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, less tannins and less caffeine. To serve this tea hot, simply pour the cold-infused tea into a saucepan over medium heat and gently warm to desired temperature.
Red Truck Christmas Rooibos is a rooibos and honeybush tisane and not recommended for a second infusion.
Store Red Truck Christmas Rooibos in a cool, dry place away from bright light.
Ingredients: rooibos, lemongrass, apple, ginger, orange peel, tulsi, lemon peel, rose pepper, cardamom, natural flavor, rosemary, cinnamon, candied ginger, star anise, cinnamon imperials (contain—sugar, corn syrup, artificial flavor, acacia, confectioner’s glaze, carnauba wax, red 40, white mineral oil), vanilla pieces