- Always use freshly boiled water – re-boiling takes out the oxygen from the water not allowing for a proper infusion of redbush tea.
- Warm your teapot by rinsing with boiling water.
- Place one redbush tea bag per cup into the warm pot or heaped teaspoon of loose redbush tea per cup. Alternatively, use one redbush teabag in a mug. Add freshly boiled water.
- Leave to steep for a minimum of 3 minutes. The longer your pot or cup of redbush tea is brewing, the antioxidant activity increases significantly. Over brewing is never a concern with redbush, containing less tannin, your cuppa will escape the bitter, sharp aftertaste associated with regular black and green teas.
- Serve on its own or add honey or sugar with slices of lemon.
- If drinking with a dash of milk, pour the milk into the cup after the tea. If you are making redbush tea in a teapot, pour the milk into the cup first as this will avoid scalding the fats in the milk.
Redbush tea can also be brewed using your microwave oven. For a single cup, place one bag of redbush tea in a cup of cold water and microwave at maximum power for 2 minutes.