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The Best Rooibos Latte.
The Best Rooibos Latte is a cozy hot drink perfect for evenings since there’s no caffeine. Mine is made with vanilla extract and topped with cinnamon to make it extra tasty and it’s so good to have if you want a drink before bed.
I’ve been making lattes pretty much every day thanks to my milk frother and recently switched it up from my usual chamomile tea latte to one made with rooibos at night.
This rooibos latte recipe is pretty simple and I like to customize my lattes with add-ons to make it a little more special.
WHAT IS ROOIBOS?
Rooibos is a herb from South Africa so it’s not a true tea. A tisane, or herbal tea, rooibos means “red bush” and it’s pronounced ROY-BOSS.
Rooibos is reddish-brown and doesn’t have any caffeine which makes it a great drink for the evening. It has very little tannin, so no matter how long you steep it for, it won’t get bitter which is something everyone likes! when it is bitter it just doesn’t taste too good anymore.
You can drink rooibos steeped in a teapot.
What to use for making this.
- Rooibos Loose or in teabags. If using loose, use a tea filter.
- Vanilla extract, milk, honey, cinnamon (optional)
- Saucepan with a spout for easy pouring.
- Milk frother I use a handheld one for the best.
- Glass mugs
Usually, I say to go with loose tea instead of tea bags since the quality is so much better with loose but for this recipe, Whatever is easiest for you go for it.
I prefer to let the loose tea steep in the water floating free but rooibos is too small to work with and can make a mess. I put the rooibos in tea filters to make it easier.
The rooibos latte involves two parts. One for the rooibos and one for the milk.
I steep and combine all rooibos ingredients in a saucepan. That part takes less than 10 minutes.
The next is the frothing of the milk. In my book, a drink isn’t a latte without a nice froth.
FROTHING MILK AT HOME FOR TEA LATTES
If you don’t have a milk frother, you have a couple of different options to froth milk.
First, heat milk in a saucepan but be careful not to burn the milk. Simmer and stir to prevent a protein skin from forming on top.
Once the milk is hot, use a handheld frother, to create foam. I used to use this method before the milk frother but I found the foam to be dry and lacking in a creamy texture.
Another method is to use a French press. Hot milk gets pumped with air and the French press creates a nice froth.
About a third of the drink is the rooibos tea with honey and vanilla extract.
You can drink the rooibos that way without adding any milk and it’s still good.
The rest of the cup is filled with the milk
The recipe makes two rooibos lattes, Top with cinnamon if you wish.
Drink: This drink makes 2 servings
And now on to the wonderful recipe, you have been waiting for :))
- 2/3 cup water
- 4 teaspoons loose rooibos or three rooibos tea bags
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups milk (I used soy milk for this, but you can use any milk you love in your tea.)
- 2 teaspoons honey
- Optional: ground cinnamon for garnish
- In a saucepan, boil water and take off the heat. Steep rooibos for about 5 minutes. Add honey and vanilla extract.
- Heat and froth milk using a milk frother.
- Divide rooibos tea into two mugs. Fill to the top with milk froth and top with cinnamon.
And there you have it! The Best Rooibos Latte is a great drink you would make every time you want something sweet and easy to make, check this post by me for the best Chai Latte to make next time. 😉