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Rooibos Raspberry Soda

Another delicious way to dilute fruit juice for youngsters as well as adults  Find out from Jane why Rooibos is a great caffeine-free tea.

2 teaspoons rooibos
(red bush tea)
2 cups boiling water
1 tablespoon honey
2 cups raspberry blend 100% fruit juice
2 cups sparkling water, berry flavor

Put loose tea in a tea pot or pan and cover with boiling water.  Let steep 5-7 minutes.  Add honey and stir.  Allow tea to cool.  Combine strained tea with juice and sparkling water in a pitcher; serve cold.

Makes 1 quart


Daphne Spurlock
Thank you for the wonderful information that you have on rooibos raspberry soda sounds like a very good drink for children as well as adults. I also have a website called
July 30, 2009, 8:40 pm

Kathy Strasbourg
Sounds great, but there is a warning not to drink rooibos tea if you are pregnant or nursing.
July 31, 2009, 12:03 pm

Hi Kathy, I checked several resources and could not find information contraindicating rooibos during pregnancy. In fact the opposite! Can you tell me your source?
July 31, 2009, 1:16 pm

Kathy Strasbourg
I did a quick search, rooibos tea warnings, because I never had rooibos tea. The warnings were on, and, with references. I believe the warning stems from lack of evidence that it is safe during pregnancy, rather than from known adverse effects. I know how careful I was during pregnancy, so I thought I would comment on it.
July 31, 2009, 2:47 pm

Carol White
Cynthia -- If I just want to make a big batch of this and keep it in my fridge for drinking over the next few days, is there any point in using the sparkling water? -- Carol
July 31, 2009, 4:29 pm

Cynthia Lair
Hi Carol, Make a batch and leave out the sparkling water. Add that when you serve it.
July 31, 2009, 5:37 pm

A. K.
This may sound nit-picky...but can a natural sparkling water be used? Do they even have a natural berry flavor? Also could raspberry juice concentrate be used instead? More honey may be needed though. Also, where does one buy 'Red Bush Tea? Is it sold loose/bulk? Thanks...
February 13, 2011, 2:02 am

Cynthia Lair
A.K. Any sparkling water is fine. And yes concentrate can be used, but you may need more sweetener. Red Bush tea is sold at almost any store that sells bulk tea. It is also often available in bags, but I prefer the loose tea (less expensive).
February 14, 2011, 7:02 am

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