Last Updated on June 4, 2015 by Chef Mireille
Green, black and white are the most common tea types. However, there are two other types of “tea” not actually made with tea leaves. Tisanes are “teas” that are not actually made with tea leaves but are commonly referred to as a type of tea. They are made with dried fruits, herbs and spices. Rooibus is also another type of “tea” which I love. It comes from South Africa and is a type of red bush that is brewed to a tea. It really has an amazing flavor and is often sold blended with sweet things like chocolate and coconut. Both tisanes and rooibus are wonderful options for iced tea.
For today’s tea based recipe, I used a tisane. Although I have a specific tisane listed in the recipe, I only used that one because it was what I had, however it can be easily replaced with your favorite blend.
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1 1/2 cups brewed Hibiscus Ginger tisane, chilled
2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped (from the refrigerator)
2 kiwis, peeled and chopped (from the refrigerator)
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons honey or agave nectar, or more according to preference
In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend well. Serve immediately.
If fruit was not cold from the refrigerator, you may want to chill before serving or add a few ice cubes.
I make tisanes often as an alternative to juice, which is high in sugar. I usually have at least 3 or 4 varieties in my cabinet at any point.
*I hope I have inspired you this week to use tea for other things than just drinking. Green tea especially is very high in antioxidants so it’s good to sneak extra doses of this in sweets and other things.*
Kiwi is high in both Vitamin C and potassium, therefore making this an energy inducing, tasty beverage.