HotM #7 – Vanilla rooibos nectarine ice tea

This month was the first time I read about HotM. For those of you that don’t know what HotM is, details can be found here on Ilva’s lovely Lucillian Delights. The theme for this month’s HotM is fruit and berries. The recipes you post for HotM should be heart healthy. I thought being a (trained, not practicing) dietician I should enter HotM (even though most of the recipes on this blog don’t exactly fit the description ‘heart healthy’).
When paging through my cookbooks I came across a nectarine ice tea recipe in Entertaining by Donna Hay. It is ice tea with the addition of pureed nectarines and is flavoured with basil and mint. I made some adaptations by replacing the darjeeling tea by vanilla rooibos tea and omitting the mint. The result is a very tasty, silky smooth, refreshing nectarine beverage with a hint of basil. The amount of sugar called for in the recipe was exactly right, making it sweetish but definitely not too sweet. The sugar could be substituted for artificial sweetener for people who want to cut back on sugar 😉 Use good ripe nectarines to get a good nectarine flavour.

Vanilla rooibos nectarine ice tea (from Entertaining by Donna Hay)

makes about 1 ½ l (6 ½ cups)

2 tbs of vanilla rooibos tea
1 cup basil leaves
125 g (½ cup) sugar
1 ¼ l (5 cups) water, boiling
5 medium size nectarines, pureed and sieved

Put the rooibos, basil and sugar in a heat-proof bowl. Add the boiling water and allow to steep for about 7 minutes. Remove the rooibos and basil. Add the nectarines and allow to cool down. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

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5 Responses to HotM #7 – Vanilla rooibos nectarine ice tea

  1. ilva says:

    This must be absolutely delicious! Thanks for your entry!

  2. What an extraordinary spin on traditional iced tea!

  3. Ivonne says:

    I looooooooove rooibus! What a wonderful tea!

  4. linda says:

    Ilva – it is delicious and very refreshing.
    Susan – even though it is technically iced tea it is very different from the ‘real thing’ but I think a lot tastier!
    Ivonne – it is my favorite herbal tea, drink it everyday.

  5. Mindey says:

    This sounds wonderful, I love the idea of nectarine and vanilla mixed together. I will try this recipe with my Bourbon Street Vanilla Rooibos from http://www.tealaden.com I buy from them because I can’t find any rooibos in the stores around here.

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