Rooibos doesn’t come from a tea plant, but from the rooibos plant, a broom-like legume found in South Africa’s shrubland. Brewed with hot water this tisane has been consumed for thousands of years in South Africa and it’s neighboring countries, and was an important item of trade throughout the continent.
Rooibos steeped with the flavor of chocolate from real chocolate chips makes for an indulgent and bittersweet cup. However, we took it a few steps further: the smooth flavor is interrupted by tingling jolts of ginger and cardamom for a sensual and – dare we say – sexy cup.
Another intriguing application is to pop a teaspoon of this tisane into maple syrup. Microwave for about 20-30 seconds and allow to sit for about 5 minutes. Strain and enjoy your chocolate-chai maple syrup over a stack of pancakes.
|Ingredients||Rooibos, ginger, cardamon, chocolate chips and chocolate flavor.|
|Notes||Green Tea / Herbal Tea / Rooibos Tea|
|Botanical Name||Aspalathus linearis|
|Basic Preparation||Non-caffeinated; 3 grams of tea per six ounces of water yields approximately 150 cups per lb. of tea.|
|Recommended Applications||1/2 Cup Chai Mixture to 7 cups of water, noting that 4-7 cups of milk will be added. Put the chai water and heat slowly to a boil. Add any sweetener desired and low boil 5-10 minutes. Stir again and turn the pot off. Steep for another 15 minutes. Complete a taste test, be careful it’s hot! When flavor desired has been reached, add black tea: 1 tsp. of tea for each cup of milk/chai combo and any sweetener as desired. Allow the tea to steep in chai 4-8 minutes, strain and add warmed milk. Divide or multiply recipe as needed.|
|Handling / Storage||To be stored in a cool, dry area out of direct light.|
|Country of Origin||United States|
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