After living in Australia for a few years, I kind of started to become a tea drinker.
Americans drink sugar whereas the rest of the world drinks tea (with sugar in it). So whenever I went to a friends or had friends over, I’d inevitably be offered tea…
…to which I’d say a hard no thank you.
That is, until they taught me all of the splendid ways to make different kinds of tea.
The truth is that a good tea recipe is really up to the drinker. You can mix and match all kinds of ingredients until you find the sweet spot of flavor euphoria.
Unlike my American way of just plopping a plain tea bag in hot water and then wondering why it was so gross, this newfound (for me!) way of drinking tea became a fun experiment of flavors.
And don’t even get me started on chai tea in India 🤤
Anyway, I’ve since found a few ways to enjoy tea and this easy rosemary tea is one of my favorites. (Again, don’t get me started on chair tea in India.)
What I like about this combo is that it’s packed with goodies for your body. The citrus gives us a healthy serving of vitamin C and the sprig of rosemary plant boosts the immune system and supports good blood circulation. The coconut water is like the magic elixir that brings it all together.
Jump ahead to get to this easy rosemary tea recipe, I’m going to hang back here and go through the health benefits of this recipe.
Health benefits of this rosemary tea recipe
This iced tea recipe is made up of plants, so naturally it’s going to come with a lot of natural health benefits. The rosemary sprig is the unsung hero in this easy rosemary tea, and the orange and coconut are reliably nutritious.
- Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. The rosemary herb (rosmarinus officinalis) is known to be full of antioxidants, which fight free radicals and have anti-inflammatory properties. This is great for basically everyone, but is especially great for athletes post-workout.
- Improves digestion. “They” say that the rosemary plant helps with indigestion, which is always a win in my book. A plant-based diet can get kinda gassy at times, let’s be honest.
- Improves memory and concentration. The aroma of the rosemary leaf is shown to improve memory and concentration in some people. It’s likely more powerful as a rosemary essential oil being diffused in your home space, but I bet that the smell of fresh rosemary can be pretty uplifting too (not an expert, just an enthusiast).
- It’s good for the brain. Of all of the health benefits, this is perhaps the most impressive. The rosemary leaves contain carnosic acid helps fight off free radicals and can even potentially protect the brain against brain damage.
- Can help fight cancer. Okay, maybe THIS is the most impressive of the health benefits: “crude ethanolic rosemary extract (RO)” slows the spread of cancer and given its anti-inflammatory properties, it also helps keep tumors at bay.
It’s important to note that these studies mentioned here are looking at the rosemary plant in many different forms: fresh herb, dried herb, rosemary extract, and rosemary essential oil.
We’re just using good, old-fashioned fresh rosemary leaves in this recipe so the health benefits won’t be quite as profound. That’s alright, though. That’s how nature intended it.
Electrolyte Rosemary and Orange Ice Tea
- In a jug or pitcher mix the orange juice, coconut water, tea bags, sugar, sprigs of rosemary and lime juice.
- Place in the fridge and allow to rest for 20-30 minutes for the tea bags and rosemary to infuse.
- Fill two glasses with ice. Add ice tea with rosemary sprigs and lime slices.
- Serve immediately.
- You could first make the black tea by steeping the tea bags in hot boiling water. Let it cool completely before infusing with fresh rosemary, citrus and coconut water to avoid cooking these raw ingredients in the hot water.
- It’s possible to use rosemary extract in place of a rosemary sprig, though I haven’t tried that so I can’t promise you that it will be quite the same.
- You can adjust the sugar according to your taste, opting for honey, maple syrup, or even a homemade simple syrup if you’d like. As I said at the beginning, a good tea recipe is really up to the drinker.
- As most kitchens have dried rosemary on hand, it can be tempting to use the dried herb in place of the fresh herb. You can give that a try! Though I don’t really recommend it as I don’t think that the flavor will be as strong as fresh rosemary leaves.