5 Caffeine-Free Iced Tea Recipes

Herbal iced teas are an excellent alternative to store-bought options. You get all the minerals and health benefits that go with them, without any sugar or caffeine. They’re easy to make and require very few ingredients to get started.

All the basic ingredients are available at most natural foods stores. These are a few essentials to have on hand:

(Pronounced “roy-bos”), this tea is made from the leaves of a shrub native to South Africa. It has been linked to many health benefits, such as reducing high blood pressure and easing stomach pains. It is also rich in antioxidants and minerals. The tea is typically fermented after harvesting, which gives the leaves a red color.

Green Rooibos
Made from the same plant, but green rooibos is not fermented during processing. It goes through a drying process and the final product is left green in color with a more delicate flavor than regular rooibos.

Made from another South African native shrub, honeybush gets its name from the smell of the plant’s flowers. The tea tastes similar to rooibos, but a little sweeter.

Roasted Chicory Root
This is often used as a coffee substitute due to its strong flavor. Recent studies have shown that chicory helps to reduce cholesterol levels and increase calcium absorption, which can prevent osteoporosis.

Dandelion Root
Typically sold in dried pieces, dandelion root is associated with detoxification because it acts as a diuretic and helps regulate bile production in the liver.

Loose ingredients are usually the best option, rather than buying pre-made tea bags. Loose teas give you more flexibility to adjust the amounts as you like, and they produce a higher quality tea overall without any residual “tea bag” flavor.

A tea brewing basket is invaluable, also known as a tea infuser or strainer. Specialty tea stores or most home supply stores will have various types of brewing baskets. The best baskets have a very fine mesh to prevent any loose ingredients escaping into the tea.

The recipes given below are all meant to be brewed in a one quart (approximately one liter) container, such as a mason jar. If you’d like to make a larger amount, they can be easily doubled or tripled. Step-by-step preparation instructions are provided after the recipes.

Brewing Sized

Apple Pie Tea

1 tablespoon loose honeybush tea
2 cinnamon sticks (may need to break these up to fit in the tea basket)
3 tablespoons dried apple pieces

Ginger Twist Tea

1 tablespoon loose green rooibos tea
1½ inch piece of fresh ginger, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon dried rosemary

Detox Tea

2 teaspoons dried dandelion root pieces
1 teaspoon dried basil
¼ teaspoon whole cloves
¼ teaspoon roasted chicory root

Tangy Fruit Tea

1 tablespoon loose rooibos tea
½ teaspoon roasted chicory root
1 tablespoon dried fruit pieces, such as cranberries, raisins, goji berries, plums or apricots

Peppermint Power Tea

2 tablespoons dried peppermint leaves, or 3-4 fresh sprigs
2 teaspoons dried lavender, or 1-2 fresh sprigs


All the recipes above can be prepared in the same way:

1. Put all the ingredients in a tea basket.
2. Fill a one-quart jar with boiling water.
3. Place the tea basket into the water and swish it around to make sure the ingredients are all submerged.
4. Allow the tea to steep at least 10 minutes.
5. Remove the tea basket and discard the contents.
6. To cool the tea, you can either leave it out to cool naturally for a few hours, put it in the fridge, or add some ice cubes for an instant cool down.
7. Honey, maple syrup, agave nectar or stevia extract can be added at the end to sweeten.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Angela K.
Angela K3 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill3 years ago


Julia Cabrera-Woscek

I love the Indian chai tea. I am hooked on.

Charles Wallis
Charles Wallis3 years ago


Jennifer Manzi
Jennifer Manzi3 years ago


Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran3 years ago


Quanta Kiran
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Beryl Ludwig
Beryl L3 years ago

thank you

Tadmor Benavrit
Tadmor Benavrit3 years ago

I try to have at least one good-sized glass of herbal tea once-per-day. I like a wide variety of flavours. These posted recipes seem very good. I am going to try them.