Sometimes that orchard in your teapot isn’t tea, but a fruity infusion. Unlike the teas listed in Part I, these infusions are caffeine-free along with being naturally flavorful and often naturally sweet. Some are also quite healthful.
One of the frustrations when researching this was the number of companies that call their infusions by the term “tea.” I had to read the ingredients list carefully. If you, the consumer, are looking for an herbal, floral, or fruit infusion to avoid the caffeine in tea, this can be quite a dilemma. I did my best to determine that the infusions shown here are tea-free, and thus caffeine free.
Some Lemony Tasting Infusions:
Always a chilled favorite, refreshing and flavorful, these infusions give you a lemony taste but some without the lemon.
- Sunshine Lemon Rooibos Caffeine Free Tea — Start with Rooibos (red bush) herbal and add a sparkly lemon flavoring (from lemon grass) for an infusion with a fresh, lively flavor.
- Harney & Sons Lemon Verbena Tea — Made with the best imported Verveine, the big green leaves producing a full-bodied herbal yellow liquid with a delightful aroma.
- Stash Lemon Blossom Herbal — Artfully crafted with a lemony taste and fragrance.
- Stash Lemon Ginger Herbal — Lemon and ginger in a naturally caffeine free infusion.
- Twinings Lemon & Ginger Tea — Another lemon and ginger infusion that’s naturally caffeine free to enjoy anytime of the day.
Some Orange Infusions:
Lemons aren’t the only citrus fruits who get in on the infusion action. Oranges, both regular and Mandarin, join in the fun and flavor.
- Twinings Herbal Honeybush with Mandarin and Orange — Add Mandarin and Orange to the soothing taste of Honeybush for a relaxing beverage.
- Twinings Citrus, Cinnamon, Spices — A blend of citrus, cinnamon, and spices in a soothing infusion. Cinnamon, peppermint, ginger, and flowery hibiscus balance the zest of orange peel. Naturally caffeine free.
- Florida Orange Rooibos Caffeine Free — Orange flavoring and Rooibos makes a wonderful South Florida fresh taste. Terrific hot and sensational chilled.
- Harney & Sons Redbush with Cranberry and Orange — A blend of herbal redbush (rooibos), cranberry, and oranges. Caffeine-free and flavorful.
Some Berry Infusions:
Full of natural sweetness and healthy elements, berries find their way into lots of things, including jams, preserves, pies, tarts, and (of course) infusions.
- Harney & Sons Premium Red Raspberry — The flavors are a result of the combination of rosehips, hibiscus, raspberry leaves and raspberry flavor. Good any time of day
- Taylors of Harrogate Raspberry and Vanilla — The taste of fresh raspberries and creamy vanilla that captures the essence of a summer afternoon. Contains only natural ingredients, naturally caffeine free, and no added sugar.
- Harney & Sons Iced Raspberry — A blend of hibiscus and raspberry.
Strawberry Tingle Rooibos Tea Loose Leaf — Strawberry flavor in perfect harmony with rooibos.
- Revolution Huckleberry Red Herbal —Rooibos, honeybush, huckleberries, and stevia.
- Stash Blueberry Herbal — Deep red liquid and a bouquet of fresh-picked berries, stimulating and perfect any season.
- Taylors of Harrogate Blackberry and Elderflower — Inspired by the fruits and flowers of an English country garden, with a taste of fresh blackberries and a sweet aroma of elderflowers. Contains only natural ingredients, naturally caffeine free, and no added sugar.
- Williamson Forest Berry — Deliciously popular. A blend of hibiscus, apple, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, elderberry, and rosehips. Full of flavor, tart yet sweet.
Other fruits used are apples, peaches, plums, mangos, passion fruit, cherries, bananas, raisins, and black currants. Steep up a potful to enjoy hot or to chill overnight and serve to your guests the next day. Either way, you will have a great tasting beverage. Enjoy!
Two down and one to go! Stop back tomorrow for the the third and final part of A.C.’s series on fruity teas! In the meantime, head on over and check out her blog, Tea Time with A.C. Cargill!