I used to be a coffee addict, guys. I probably drank a pot a day by myself, and it wasn't even the good stuff. Naturally, I developed a sensitivity to not only caffeine, but coffee itself. So, I gave it up for a long time. It was the hardest thing I have had to give up, food wise. Coffee had always just been part of my routine, a way that I could comfort myself if I was in a bad mood, or a way to treat myself. Recently, I re-introduced coffee into my diet. Unfortunately, it makes me feel incredibly tired, so my body is clearly not ready to handle much of it yet. I hope to one day be able to have a cup or two a week, as coffee with nut milk is one of my favourite flavours ever. For now, I will stick with alternatives. I love tea and drink it all day (mostly herbal, but some green or oolong, too), but sometimes, I want something more satisfying. I recently tried a rooibos cappuccino at Nelson's local natural foods co-op, and I loved it. The rooibos is naturally sweet, and the latte rich and complex like coffee. I quickly learned how to make a concentrate that I can keep in the fridge. When I want to enjoy a rooibos tea latte, I just take the concentrate out of the fridge, heat some up on the stove, and then heat some nut milk up and add the two together. I often drink it just like that, but sometimes I add something extra, such as a few drops of my homemade vanilla extract, or a drop of rosewater. I make a chai version as well, and I will share that recipe at a later date.
I hope you enjoy the antioxidant benefits of this rooibos latte!
To continued good health in the new year,
1 cup of loose rooibos tea
10 cups of filtered water
Add the rooibos and the water to a stock pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let sit for 20-30 minutes. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into two 1 quart mason jars. It will keep in the fridge for a long time.
To make lattes:
1/4 to 1/2 cup of rooibos concentrate
1 cup of nut milk
1 drop of rosewater extract (optional)
Add 1/4 to 1/2 (1/2 a cup might be too strong for some people-it's like "espresso" rooibos!) of concentrate to a small pot and bring to a boil. Change heat to low and add 1 cup of nut milk of your choice (or cow's milk, if you are into it), and 1 drop of rose water (be careful not to add more, or you will be drinking potpourri). Continue cooking for a moment, being careful not to let the milk curdle. Froth up the milk with a whisk while it is hot, and then pour into a mug and enjoy!
If you have a milk frother, use that!