Rooibos cocktails perfect for summer

ROOIBOS strawberry punch.
ROOIBOS strawberry punch.

A ROOIBOS cocktail movement has taken over bars across the world’s cocktail capitals of London, New York and Cape Town, and has been dubbed by mixologists as this season’s favourite party mixer.

Popular Rooibos-inspired cocktails on menus include Rooibos and gin, or with tequila and a muddle of berries, vermouth and crushed ice, which makes for the perfect summer cooler.

According to experts, bartenders are moving away from complex mixes and are creating interesting flavours with a few key ingredients, such as Rooibos. Big liquor brands have launched various tea-based drinks and variants in recent months.

Ernest du Toit, spokesperson of the South African Rooibos Council (SARC), said given the fresh, full and natural flavour profile of Rooibos, one do not need a lot of different ingredients to achieve the perfect cocktail indulgence.

While most cocktails are often packed with just as many calories as a doughnut, Du Toit points out that swapping calorie-rich ingredients for Rooibos, which contains no fat or carbohydrates, offers not only a great slimming alternative, but also contains disease-preventing antioxidants, which protects against cancer, heart disease, and stroke.

Try this Rooibos-inspired cocktail: 750 ml strong, cold Rooibostea, 1 litre apple juice, 1 litre granadilla juice, 1 litre strawberry juice, 2 x 750 ml sparkling red grape juice, sliced strawberries, sliced orange, mint leaves.

Mix all the liquid ingredients and chill it. Add the sparkling grape juice just before serving. Garnish with strawberries, orange and mint.

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