Like many Canadians, most of my exposure to iced tea has been the sweetened canned variety. I remember driving through the States when I was younger and we stopped at a fast food chain for lunch. I ordered iced tea... not realizing what I really wanted was sweet tea! Boy was I surprised when the iced tea I ordered was unsweetened lol.
Now that I'm all grown up (mostly), I like making my own iced tea. I still sweeten it, but not nearly as much as the store bought varieties.
This is one of my new favourites. Using Spiced Plum Red Rooibos Tea (Tetley brand), you can be sure to surprise your guests with this unexpected flavour! Red Rooibos is known for it's many health benefits and a huge bonus, it's naturally caffeine free!
In a heat proof glass bowl or pitcher, pour in 4 cups of boiled water. Let it stand for a few minutes, then add 4 tea bags and 3 slices of orange with the rind. I love the mixture of the orange with the plum flavour. Let steep for about 30 minutes, then remove the tea bags and orange slices.
I added a couple tablespoons until it was to my liking. It's a great flavour with the spiced plum and red rooibos! If you don't have pure maple syrup, try using honey, stevia, agave nectar or even white sugar. However, if you do use white sugar, I'd recommend making a simple syrup first, so you don't end up with sugar bits in your tea.
There were bits of orange pulp floating in my tea, so I strained it but you don't have to. Refrigerate until cool. Serve over ice.