Rooibos Iced Tea Variations

Iced Rooibos Tea


  • 3 cups (750 ml) fresh cold water
  • 6 bags of Rooibos tea
  • 3 cups ( 750 ml) soda water
  • Garnish with sprigs of fresh mint or lemon slices, if desired.
  • Add honey to taste before chilling


  • Bring water to a boil
  • Pour over tea bags and let it steep for 5 to 7 minutes
  • Pour tea into heatproof pitcher
  • Cool to room temperature, then chill
  • Fill another pitcher with ice and add the Rooibos tea
  • Top with soda water
  • Stir gently and serve


Summer Refresher


  • 1 litre strong, cold Rooibos tea
  • 1 litre orange juice
  • 1 litre ginger ale
  • 500 ml soda water
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • Fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • Crushed ice


  • Mix Rooibos and orange juice
  • Chill mixture
  • Add chilled ginger ale and soda water, just before serving
  • Garnish with lemon slices and mint
  • Serve with crushed ice


Strawberry Punch


  • 750 ml strong, cold Rooibos
  • 1 litre apple juice
  • 1 litre granadilla / passion fruit juice
  • 1 litre strawberry juice
  • 2 bottles (750 ml each) of sparkling red grape juice
  • 1 punnet of strawberries, sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • Fresh mint leaves


  • Mix Rooibos, apple, granadilla and strawberry juices and chill
  • Add chilled sparkling grape juice
  • Garnish with strawberries, orange and mint


Fruity Iced Tea


  • 5 Rooibos teabags
  • 3 litres water
  • 1 pineapple, peeled and sliced thickly
  • 3 peaches, cut into wedges
  • 2 oranges, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 200 g castor sugar


  • Place all the ingredients into a large pot and bring to the boil
  • Turn the heat down and allow to simmer very gently for 15 minutes
  • Remove from the heat, strain and discard the fruit
  • Store the tea the fridge until well chilled. Check the sweetness and add more honey to taste if necessary
  • Serve over ice


Gastronomic Delights Cuppa Ideas

Bon AppeTea!
Bon AppeTea!

It’s all about the food – let your favourite indulgence dictate everything about your Cuppa and the menu…

Colour Coded Cuppa

Host an elegant pink-red affair with strawberry serviettes. Serve chocolate-dipped berries, strawberry shortcake and strawberry flavoured tea or iced tea. Make a delicious strawberry iced tea by mixing 50% rooibos tea with 50% strawberry juice.

Chocolate Meltdown

If it’s chocolate and edible, it’s in – eats and drinks are chocolate based – organise a Chocolate Fondue with savoury and sweet ingredients to dip and a chocolate fountain. Teach your guests how to make their own chocolates – at a price of course…

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Quirky Cuppa Ideas

Quirky CelebriTea!
Quirky CelebriTea!

Think ‘extraordinary’ and go with your gut!

Cups & Spoons Cuppa

Do a dinner party and serve dishes, drinks, sweets and all in cups – soup, your main course, dessert and rooibos tea or coffee.  All courses are to be eaten with a spoon only. Many people have spoon collection. Ask guests to each bring a teaspoon with a prize for the holder of the rarest spoon.

An Extreme Cuppa

Organise your Cuppa around an extreme sport – have a Cuppa after you skydive, or after you bungee jump… go wild! Just don’t make your guests toss their cookies…


Reality Game Show Cuppa

Base the activities at your Cuppa on a reality game show that grabs your fancy – The Amazing Race or Survivor, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, American Idol, Step Up or Step Out – the key to this Cuppa is not to let your guests take themselves too seriously and to just have a good time!

Water Party Cuppa

The aim being to promote the healthy benefits of fresh clean water. Arrange an exercise demonstration or walk.  Guests pay a fee to participate and purchase a bottle of water.  You could even have water slides and serve frozen fruit pieces in ice trays.

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Traditional Cuppa Ideas

A Fashionable Day at the Races
A Fashionable Day at the Races

Love traditions? This Cuppa is for you – of course, within the bounds of tradition, you could give it a completely unique flavour…

A Day at the Races

Dress to kill, place your “bets” and organise a high-brow spread for your elegant guests. “Bets” can be additional fees on top of your guests’ Cuppa donations – make sure that what they are “betting” on is worthwhile and do reward the most elegant couple with a prize!


Low Tea Cuppa

Contrary to what many people think “low tea” was enjoyed mainly by affluent families. The ‘low” refers to the height of the tea tables. Low tea is a light repast designed as a gap-filler to tide people over until dinnertime. Finger food and tea is served between 4 and 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Guests never stay later than 7 o’clock.


SnooTea Low/High Tea
SnooTea Low/High Tea

High Tea Cuppa

High tea is an early evening snack, typically eaten between 5pm and 6pm. The “high” refers to the height of the table and not to one’s standing in society – although high tea was essentially a working class tradition. Workers worked long hours, mostly under terrible working conditions and returned home tired and hungry. High tea was dinner with foods like meat, pickles, bread, butter, jam, boiled eggs and tea. You can interpret this tea as you wish or take high tea literally. Serve tea on top of a mountain, in a hot air balloon, in an aeroplane or on high chairs. Use your imagination.

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Life View Cuppa Ideas

What makes you tick? What are you passionate about? Turn it into a Cuppa and start changing the world!

Save Mother Earth
Save Mother Earth

Eco-friendly Cuppa

Think recycling, forests, mint tea and vegan cup cakes.  Ask guests to purchase Simon Gear’s “365 Ways to Change our World” and pay a little extra for the book which will be donated to CANSA, or you could raffle a worm farm. Better still, invite Simon to your tea party to give you tips…


Health and Fitness Cuppa

Work out in the company gym first or organise an exercise session or activity to get the blood pumping, before your Cuppa.  Cool down with iced tea, fresh fruit kebabs, rooibos smoothies and rooibos bran muffins.




Zen Garden Tea Cuppa

When you have finished raking the sand and balancing the three flat stones on top of each other, meditate and consider the Taoist philosophy of balance: yin and yang. Serve green tea.


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Ladies’ Cuppa Ideas

Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness

Time to get the girls together for a party… – you know it, girls just want to have fun!

Breast Cancer Awareness Cuppa

Hold a Cuppa in October to honour those women who have been touched by breast cancer. Challenge  women to come to the tea party and committing to have an early detection test (mammogram) done. Use pink (it is the international breast awareness colour) and invite a speaker to talk about breast health or living with cancer. Get somebody in your community to talk about their personal journey with breast cancer.

Mother-Daughter Cuppa

Give mothers and daughters an opportunity to bond at a mother-and-daughter Cuppa. Add a guest speaker to explore the theme or arrange simple entertainment that will appeal to both generations. Alternatively add feminine appeal by having a workshop on beauty, health, scrap booking or beading.

Pamper Party Cuppa

Hire a mobile spa to come to your Cuppa.  You will need a few therapists to circulate so that you get the foot, back, neck and head treatment alternatively.  Pan flute music, incense and pamper products can add to the sensory indulgence.  A selection of teas, coffee, rooibos smoothies and red espressos with an assortment of bite-size sweet and savoury pastries could be a good idea.  Choose a harmonising colour for flowers and towels.  You could organise shweshwe’s and slippers for your guests to buy afterwards.

Kry al die katjies bymekaar!
Kry al die katjies bymekaar!

Women’s Day Cuppa

Do something really special for Women’s Day this year and have a Cuppa to celebrate women and their achievements.  Use colour as a theme – each host is assigned a colour per table or each woman has to dress in a specific colour. Or how about something different and host a Cuppa for all single women and share handy tips and practical information to run your household.  This could include a demo on how to change a light bulb, reconnecting an electrical plug or tips for removing bubblegum from hair or clothing.

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Historical Cuppa Ideas

Fancy turning back the hands of time and experiencing something different? Here’s your chance…

Have a Victorian RoyalTea!
Have a Victorian RoyalTea!

Boston Tea Party Cuppa

You don’t have to throw your tea into the sea or start a revolution but you can tax your guests for drinking it. Accompanied by a nice Boston cream pie. Yummy!

Victorian Tea Party Cuppa

Invite the King and Queen.  Bone china, paper-thin cucumber sandwiches and strawberries and cream. Protocol and etiquette must prevail.  Have a heated discussion as to whether you pour the tea into the cup before the milk or vice versa.  We suggest you serve Earl Grey tea with sugar cubes. Then take bets on the next Oxford | Cambridge Boat Race. The Victorians loved picnic teas as an opportunity to get away from the stifling formality of their homes. A Victorian tea can be simple or elegant and Victorian dress can be optional. Set up a table with a lace cloth in your garden or in a park and serve delicious Victorian fare – wafer-thin crust-less sandwiches, pâtés, cookies, scones and cakes. Remember the lemon wedges! Victorian teas are a combination of delicious tea and food, gracious company, games on the lawn and “walks in the fields”. Dream up your very own version.

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Ethnic & Cultural Cuppa Ideas

For those who wish to showcase their heritage or to explore an unfamiliar one…

All the tea in China
All the tea in China

All the Tea in China Cuppa

Organise a tea ritual before you go dragon boat racing.  Since more people drink tea in China than anywhere else in the world, it is no surprise that they have the largest variety of teas : black, oolong, green, white, yellow and blended tea. Serve crunchy bow ties with one of these refreshing teas.


Heritage Day Egoli Cuppa

Celebrate our unique heritage!
Celebrate our unique heritage!

We offer a super itinerary for this auspicious public holiday. Hire a bus and a guide.  Start the trip at Constitution Hill in Braamfontein.  Brown bag a croissant for each guest together with individual iced teas and quiz sheets.  Travel to the Kliptown Memorial, Hector Pieterson Museum and Vilikazi street. Stop for some Ntingwe green tea at Sakhumzi’s.  Travel back to the city past the mining houses and stop for lunch at the Rand Club where Dimpie Tshabalala can tinkle the ivories. Board the bus again and swing past Newtown to see the Kippie Moeketsi bronze sculpture outside Kippies.  Nice photo op. On to the 52nd floor of the Carlton Centre to Nancy’s for high tea.  Get it? Highest building in Johannesburg. Results of the quiz will be announced at Nancy’s. Alternately, you can bunjee jump off the Orlando cooling towers, visit Freedom Park or the Voortrekker monument in
Pretoria. Organise a similar Cuppa in your part of the world to highlight its cultural treasures…


Big in Japan!
Big in Japan!

Japanese Tea Ceremony Cuppa

Highly ritualised.  Get your event decorator to build a façade of a beautiful Japanese tea house. Appoint a geisha.  This role should not be taken lightly as she or he needs to practice intellectualising and entertaining beforehand.   Do you know that you can make sweet sushi? Ask your favourite caterer or google.


Rich and sweet in Morocco
Rich and sweet in Morocco

Moroccan Rooftop Cuppa

Most high rises have flat roofs.  Hire a bedouin tent, big cushions and a carpet. Sell beautifully decorated Moroccan coloured glasses as bribe for your guests to come to this charming tea. Remember when you pour the tea into the glasses, it must be done from a distance to produce a foam on the tea. Think of this tea as your oasis in the desert of buildings around you.


From Russia with love..
From Russia with love..

Russian Tea House Cuppa

Russians like to drink their tea leisurely with friends over a samovar. A samovar is a metal water heating apparatus that has a teapot on the top.  Pavlova’s memory lives on in her namesake meringue cream cake and your tea should be taken with it. Find a Fabergé egg to auction off.  Alternatively your company, school or club can buy out the Joburg Theatre and watch Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake being performed by the SA Ballet Theatre Company!


Tea Parties of the World Cuppa

Jasmine, Chai and Darjeeling tea for an Indian booth, Oolong and Lapsong Souchong tea for a Chinese booth.  Have a Sri Lankan booth, a Vietnamese booth, a Korean booth, a Turkish bath – er booth and a Nepalese booth. Not only are these examples of making a festival festive and unusual, but these countries drink the most tea.  A tea merchant or connoisseur could give advice.  Bump up the numbers and donations by inviting a celebrity, a sportsman or musicians.

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Esoteric Cuppa Ideas

Looking for something out of the ordinary – conjure up some magic and drama here…

Read between the leaves!
Read between the leaves!

Tasseography Cuppa

Tea Leaf Reading – This can be done at any tea party. Tea bags won’t work! All theatrics and atmosphere – let your imagination run wild with the readings!

Witch’s Brew Cuppa

All the elements are combined in this cuppa-making ritual. First and foremost, the witches tend the hearth and stoke up the fire. They then suspend a kettle of water over the fire. When the water comes to the boil, they add their brew which comes from Mother Earth. While the brew steeps guests add a secret ingredient, which adds to the pleasant aroma wafting through the air…  Remember to use a no. 10 potjie and live the fantasy…

Bubble, bubble...
Bubble, bubble…

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Botanical Cuppa Ideas

Let nature be your guide with this Cuppa – where possible hold it outside. If you must, bring nature indoors!

Back-to-Nature Tea!
Back-to-Nature Tea!

Botanical Cuppa

Rose, lavender, strawberries, lemon and pumpkin. Modern shops sell the most beautiful botanical serviettes and tableware. If you happen to be a nature child and you already have botanicals in your cupboard why not play with this concept.


Garden Party Cuppa

This party lends itself to crisp white linen suits, hats and croquet. The white can be offset with colourful fusion teas decorated with wedges of fruit on sticks, as well as designer cup cakes piled up on tiered stands. Auction off a garden gnome!


Flower Festival Cuppa

Fully exploit the flower theme by having a riot of flowers with flower arrangers displaying their work, having a flower arranging demonstration and talk, using floral décor and using the event as a distribution point for the blooms.

Spring has sprung!
Spring has sprung!


Spring Flower Cuppa

Buy flowers from the market. We smell sweet peas, daffodils and tulips. Dress in pink. All your sweet and savoury fare can be pink. Guests can decorate their own cup cakes.  Cup cakes are taking over the world.  Sell zillions of tea lights that are to be lit by guests to remember somebody that has cancer.


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