Iced Vanilla Rooibos Latté

Wow! It is officially HOT here today. But I’m not complaining. :) I’ve been waiting all winter + spring thus far to experience such nice weather. I just cannot get over how humid it got over the past two days. I guarantee we’ll have a thunderstorm tonight. And I loooooove thunderstorms. Great way to start a long weekend!

I also love chilled summery drinks on hot days such as these. And as much as I would like a delicious frappucino from the coffee shop down the street, I just cannot afford to shell out $6.00 every day all summer! *hah* So, I have decided that I will make my own homemade iced drinks this summer. Since I’m not much of a coffee drinker, I opted to make an iced tea latté today to cool myself down rather than your usual iced coffee. And it definitely hit the spot! I am looking forward to trying other flavour combinations over the summer. Next up – an iced chai tea latté.

Happy Friday everyone! :)


  • 3 tablespoons of vanilla rooibos tea leaves
  • 1 cup of water; heated according to the type of tea you are using
  • pure vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (optional)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of vanilla almond milk; chilled
  • 1 cup of ice cubes


1. Steep the loose-leaf tea in the hot water for 5 minutes. Strain. Note: you want the tea to be quite strong, as you will be diluting it with almond milk + ice.

2. Add honey (if using) to the steeped tea and stir well to combine. Add a splash of pure vanilla extract. Place the tea in the fridge to chill.

3. When ready to serve the latté, slowly stir the chilled almond milk into the chilled tea. Note: If you don’t have time to allow the tea to chill a bit in the fridge, you can combine the almond milk, tea and ice cubes in a martini shaker and and chill the beverage that way.

4. Fill two glasses with ice. Pour rooibos latté over the ice and enjoy!

yield: about 2 cups

Source: Courtney original


  1. says

    Mmm – iced tea lattes are one of my favorites! Especially chai, so I’m looking forward to that! Supposed to be quite a swealter tomorrow… perhaps I’ll give this a try! :)

    • says

      We just had a crazy thunderstorm and the temperature cooled down quite a bit. It’s supposed to be a bit cooler the next few days and then back to sweltering. I’m going to pick up a bunch of teas tomorrow, so I can start experimenting with flavours! *hehe* :) Have a great weekend Willow! xoxo

  2. says

    Beautiful presentation, Courtney! (Such soft, warm colours!) I’ve only had traditional red rooibos tea, but I’ll definitely have to try the vanilla.

    Sometimes I wish that fall and spring were the only seasons…the others are too extreme and temperamental. :P

    • says

      Awe, thanks Valerie! :) I just bought a strawberry ginger rooibos that I’m excited to try. I bet it will be great iced!

      I agree. Spring and Fall are the best. I think if we could just sit at about 20’C (about 72’F), I’d be a happy camper. The perfect temperature! :)

    • says

      We had a huge thunderstorm on Thursday – just as predicted! Loved it. Although, the huge amount of hail was a bit much. I thought our windows were going to break!!!

  3. says

    my kind of drink, courtney. what is vanilla rooibos tea leaves. i am sure i will not get it here. can i make this with regular black tea, early grey or green tea?

    • says

      Rooibos tea is a nice, mild red tea and it can come in many flavours. I like cinnamon rooibos and vanilla rooibos best. You can definitely use black tea in this recipe. Or green tea. But I would recommend black tea, as it would have a stronger flavour for your drink. Chai flavours would be great in this :)

  4. says

    Sometimes I can’t stand the thought of drinking a hot coffee on summer mornings, so homemade iced or blended coffee and tea drinks are a nice alternative! My problem is that I don’t plan in advance and I’m too impatient to wait for the hot tea or coffee to cool! I never thought of using a martini shaker though – good idea!

  5. says

    Back when I worked outside the home, I used to buy chai lattes every day, twice a day. And it really adds up! Luckily I work from home now and I can make things like this myself instead. :) Thanks for the great idea–definitely easy and doable!

  6. says

    One very nice thing about having a boyfriend that works at starbucks is that I have a relatively unlimited supply of things such as vanilla rooibos! And in this hot weather we have right now this sounds absolutely deeeelish, might give this a bash pretty soon!

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