Rooibos Vanilla Latte: A Rich & Satisfying Beverage

Welcome, coffee and tea lovers! As a barista, I often get asked for recommendations on hot beverages that are both comforting and flavorful. And nothing beats a good cup of tea latte! Today, I’ll be sharing with you my recipe for the Rooibos Vanilla Tea Latte – a caffeine-free and plant-based alternative to a classic Starbucks Vanilla Rooibos Latte.

Rooibos tea is known for being low in tannins and high in antioxidants – making it a healthy and delicious choice for those looking for an alternative to traditional black tea or coffee. What’s more, it’s naturally sweet and nutty flavor pairs well with the creamy goodness of steamed milk.

So grab your favorite mug and let’s gather the ingredients to create this delectable brew. Trust me, once you try this Rooibos Vanilla Tea Latte recipe, you’ll never go back to your old standby hot drink again.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Rooibos Vanilla Tea Latte
Rooibos Vanilla Tea Latte

Do you love a warm beverage that is both comforting and rejuvenating? Then you’ll absolutely adore this Rooibos Vanilla Tea Latte! This recipe is perfect for all the tea lovers out there who want to indulge in a delicious caffeine-free drink that’s also low in calories.

One reason why you’ll love this recipe is that it’s incredibly easy to make. It contains only a handful of simple ingredients that you may already have in your pantry. All you need are rooibos tea bags, boiling water, milk, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and a few optional botanicals like rose petals or lavender.

Another reason why you’ll love this recipe is that it’s very versatile. You can customize it according to your preference – add more sweetener if you like your latte on the sweeter side, use almond milk for a plant-based version or rooibos lavender or masala chai tea for different variations.

This recipe also provides an excellent opportunity to experiment with new flavors without leaving the comfort of your home. Instead of spending lots of money at Starbucks for a flavored vanilla rooibos tea latte, you can recreate it with this homemade copycat recipe that tastes just as good, if not even better!

The Rooibos Vanilla Tea Latte is also low in calories since it doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners or any caffeine. Therefore, it can substitute your usual go-to drinks like coffee and soda if you’re looking to maintain your weight or are simply trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

In conclusion, there are so many reasons why you’ll love this Rooibos Vanilla Tea Latte recipe – the simplicity of the ingredients used, its versatility in customization to your taste preference, and its health benefits. Whether enjoyed as a hot steamed milk tea latte or as an iced beverage during the warmer months, this latte recipe will definitely become one of your favorite drinks to sip on any time of day!

Ingredient List

“A warm hug in a mug”

Below is a list of ingredients that you will need to make the heavenly Rooibos vanilla tea latte recipe that can rival your favorite coffee shop’s drink.

Here are the ingredients:

  • 2 rooibos tea bags or 2 teaspoons of loose leaf rooibos tea
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 4 cups of water (divided into two parts – 2 cups and 2 cups)
  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk or plant-based sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup milk (organic dairy, non-dairy, or almond milk)
  • Edible rose petals for garnish (optional)

Feel free to tweak this recipe according to your preference, such as substituting flavored syrup for sweetened condensed milk or using artificial sweetener instead of condensed milk. Whether you’re having a cozy night indulging in an aromatic cup of hot tea, or enjoying a refreshing cup over ice on a scorching summer day, this easy and flexible Rooibos vanilla tea latte recipe has got your back!

The Recipe How-To

“Tea time just got sweeter”

Here’s how you can create a Rooibos Vanilla Tea Latte that perfectly satisfies your taste buds!

Step 1: Boil water

In a pot, boil 4 cups of water.

Step 2: Steep the rooibos tea

Add 6 rooibos tea bags into the boiling water and let them steep for about 5 minutes.

Step 3: Remove the tea bags

After steeping, remove the rooibos tea bags.

Step 4: Add vanilla and sweetener

Add 1 tsp vanilla extract, 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk, and any sweeteners of your choice to the brewed rooibos tea. Mix it properly with a spoon until thoroughly blended.

Step 5: Bring milk to boil

In a separate pot, bring 4 cups of milk to a boil.

Step 6: Mix everything together

Pour the heated milk into the rooibos tea mixture and combine everything together.

Step 7: Serve hot or cold

Pour the latte into mugs and serve either hot or pour over ice for an iced version.

That’s it! Follow these easy steps and you can now enjoy your very own delicious Rooibos Vanilla Tea Latte at home any time you want!

Substitutions and Variations

“Treat yourself to a vanilla delight”

If you’re feeling adventurous or want to switch things up, here are some substitutions and variations to try for your rooibos vanilla tea latte:

– Milk: If you prefer a dairy-free option or are looking for a plant-based alternative, try using almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk or oat milk instead of regular cow’s milk.

– Sweetener: Instead of sweetened condensed milk, try using honey or maple syrup as a natural sweetener. You can also use an artificial sweetener if you want to cut down on calories.

– Tea flavor: While the recipe calls for vanilla rooibos tea, you can also use other flavors such as cinnamon rooibos, rose tea, blossoming rose, lavender or masala chai.

– Loose leaf tea: If you don’t have rooibos tea bags, you can use loose leaf rooibos tea instead. Just steep the loose leaves in a strainer or infuser before adding the rest of the ingredients.

– Vanilla extract: Instead of using organic vanilla extract, try using a flavored syrup like Starbucks’ vanilla syrup for a latte copycat recipe.

– Red Rooibos: If you can’t find vanilla-rooibos tea bags, don’t worry! You can use traditional red rooibos as a substitute without compromising on taste.

Remember to make these substitutions in proportion to the original recipe measurements so that your latte turns out just right.

Serving and Pairing

“Spice up your winter mornings”

This Rooibos Vanilla Tea Latte Recipe pairs perfectly with a variety of sweet and savory treats. For a morning treat, serve it with your favorite muffin, scone or pastry. If you prefer a more savory breakfast, consider pairing with toast topped with avocado or scrambled eggs. The vanilla notes of the latte will add a touch of sweetness to any breakfast dish.

As for an afternoon treat, try serving it with some chocolate-dipped fruits or some shortbread cookies. The rooibos tea flavor is an excellent complement to chocolate and the vanilla notes add an extra layer of decadence that’ll make your afternoon treat extra special.

For a healthier option, pair the latte with fresh fruit, such as berries or grapes. These fruits have a slight tartness to them that matches perfectly with the sweeter side of rooibos vanilla tea latte.

The tea latte is also versatile enough to pair well with many types of cuisine. Try drinking it alongside Indian-inspired dishes like chicken tikka masala or a fiery vindaloo curry, where the sweetness can tone down the spices in each dish or even pair it with some iced rooibos tea on a sunny day to cool things down.

In conclusion, this Rooibos Vanilla Tea Latte Recipe is an all-around delightful treat perfect for anytime during the day. With the right treats and meals to pair it up, you’ll taste how wonderful this tea latte can be!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“A cozy drink for a cozy day”

The Rooibos Vanilla Tea Latte recipe is perfect for making ahead and storing for later use. After preparing the latte, let it cool to room temperature before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The recipe can last up to 4 days if stored properly.

When you’re ready to reheat the latte, simply pour it in a saucepan and heat over low heat until heated through. Alternatively, you can heat it in the microwave by heating it for 30 second intervals while stirring between each interval until it’s warmed through.

For optimal flavor, it’s recommended that a fresh batch of tea be made when reheating the latte. You can easily prepare a new batch of tea and add it to the stored latte for a fresh flavor.

If you prefer an iced latte, allow the stored latte to come to room temperature before adding ice and serving.

Overall, the Rooibos Vanilla Tea Latte recipe is perfect for those who are always on-the-go or looking for an easy drink to keep on hand. This recipe can be easily stored and reheated without losing its flavor. Impress your friends and family with this delicious drink – they’ll think you went to Starbucks!

Tips for Perfect Results

“Embrace the rooibos goodness”

If you’re looking for a perfect afternoon drink or an alternative to your usual coffee, the rooibos vanilla tea latte recipe is definitely worth trying out. Here are some tips that will guarantee the perfect results when making this delicate and delightful drink.

One of the most important things to pay attention to is the type of milk you use. A frothy steamed milk or a plant-based alternative can add a creamy texture without hiding the flavors of the rooibos tea and vanilla. I would personally go for organic whole milk or oat milk if you prefer a plant-based option. Avoid using nonfat milk as it will create a froth that is too thin and lacks flavor.

When it comes to adding sweetener, I suggest skipping artificial sweeteners and flavored syrups altogether. Instead, try experimenting with natural sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup, which complement the taste of rooibos and vanilla perfectly. If you really want to make it indulgent, drizzle some sweetened condensed milk on top.

To get the best flavor from your rooibos tea bags or loose leaf, it’s essential not to over steep them. Letting them steep in boiling water for too long will result in bitter-tasting tea that may overpower any added flavors. Instead, let them steep between 5-10 minutes depending on how strong you like your tea.

Finally, when serving your rooibos vanilla tea latte, don’t forget to add some flair! Consider garnishing with edible rose petals, cinnamon powder or even a sprinkle of nutmeg to give it some extra spice.

With these tips in mind, nothing can stop you from brewing up a delicious rooibos vanilla tea latte at home that rivals even the most popular coffee shop’s version – like Starbucks’ vanilla rooibos latte copycat recipe!


Now that you know how to make a delicious rooibos vanilla tea latte, it’s time to clear up some common questions about this recipe. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers that will help you make the perfect cup of rooibos tea latte.

Do you put milk in vanilla rooibos tea?

Are you a fan of adding milk to your redbush tea? Well, you can have it both ways with rooibos tea as it can be enjoyed with or without milk. Rooibos tea is a popular choice among those who love its natural caffeine-free properties, making it a perfect substitute for regular black tea.

How do you drink Rooibos Vanilla tea?

For those who want to try Vanilla Rooibos, it’s a great choice to enjoy as is, without adding any milk or sweeteners. This type of tea has a naturally sweet aroma and flavor, making it unnecessary to add any sugar or honey. Another way to enjoy its refreshing taste is by making iced tea out of it. You can prepare it like you would for hot tea, let it cool and then pour it over ice for a perfect chilled drink to quench your thirst.

What is a rooibos tea latte?

This creamy, caffeine-free latte is crafted by steaming milk with pure rooibos, a red tea that’s packed with flavour. Finally, a touch of liquid cane sugar is added to create a smooth and indulgent drink.

Does rooibos tea taste good with milk?

As a barista, I suggest trying rooibos red tea with a splash of milk, whether it’s from a cow or a nut. Some folks prefer to double the strength of their brew. For those looking to spice it up, a squeeze of lemon or a drizzle of honey does the trick. Another interesting twist is to sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon over your rooibos. Oh, and if you’re feeling adventurous, try incorporating this tea into your cocktail game. Check out the recipe link for some inspiration!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Rooibos Vanilla Tea Latte Recipe is a perfect combination of sweet and earthy flavor for every tea lover. The recipe is simple, easy to understand, and customizable to your preferences. It’s an excellent alternative to coffee for those who want to experience the caffeine-free benefits of tea. You can enjoy this latte any time of the day, whether hot or iced.

For me, this recipe is more than just a warm beverage. As a barista, it’s the perfect chance to showcase my passion for tea and share it with others. I believe that every cup of tea tells a story, and this recipe has a unique one. With every sip, you’ll appreciate the blend of natural ingredients, bringing you closer to nature.

Whether you’re a tea enthusiast or not yet familiar with it, I encourage you to give this Rooibos Vanilla Tea Latte Copycat Recipe a try. Let your taste buds explore something new and satisfy your cravings in a healthy way. You can experiment with different variations and substitutions based on your dietary needs and preferences.

So go ahead and indulge yourself with this exquisite Rooibos Vanilla Tea Latte. Treat yourself like royalty, and let tea be your new companion. Trust me; you won’t regret it!

Rooibos Vanilla Tea Latte

Rooibos Vanilla Tea Latte Recipe

As easy as 1, 2, 3 - steep tea, spoon out Eagle Brand, and stir - simply delicious!!
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Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine South African
Calories 92.1 kcal


  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 rooibos vanilla tea bags
  • 6 tablespoons eagle brand sweetened condensed milk (regular or low-fat)


  • Combine boiling water and tea bags in medium bowl. Let steep 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place 1 1/2 tablespoons Eagle Brand in each of 4 serving glasses. Top with tea, and serve.
  • Let guests stir to combine - Enjoy!

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Serving: 147gCalories: 92.1kcalCarbohydrates: 15.6gProtein: 2.3gFat: 2.5gSaturated Fat: 1.6gCholesterol: 9.8mgSodium: 40mgSugar: 15.6g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Easy
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