Homemade Apple tea is a refreshing, soothing & comforting drink that’s nothing like the one you get in those cartons. Make it from scratch under 10 minutes, it’s worth both for flavor and taste!! Tea is a staple around the world and has been enjoyed for a millennia. It’s a versatile drink and is made in numerous flavors. Apple tea is one of the greatest drinks that originated in Turkey. This recipe will help you make the best refreshing apple tea at home, using nothing more than pantry staples and of course fresh apples!!
If you love experimenting with different teas then you are more likely to love this drink. This warming and delicious apple tea is very versatile and can also be infused with different spices and herbs. Each of these add its own flavor & aroma that also comes with unique health benefits.
Turkish apple tea
Like Indians, people of Turkey love drinking tea at all times of the day. However, unlike in India, where tea is often boiled, the Turks have an infusion way of making the tea and use one teapot on top of the other. It is a modern take on the old samovar.
The lower kettle is used for boiling the water and the upper one is used for making concentrated tea. The water is not boiled for too long and once the tea leaves are put in it, the heat is reduced to a minimum for the tea to steep well. The tea concentration from the upper pot is diluted with water from the lower one till the desired strength is reached.
Turkish apple tea is actually made with dried apples following the similar steeping method. It is now also available as an instant tea in that part of the world and other places where it is exported. It is a variation that is much loved by tourists there.
However, instead of using the instant tea, you can make your apple tea, using your favorite tea leaves and fresh seasonal apples, adding other ingredients to make it even more delicious and refreshing.
What goes into apple cinnamon tea?
Tea leaves or bag or powder: You can use any of your favorite tea leaves in this recipe. Don’t like normal tea leaves? You can use green tea instead. You can even use tea-bags, if you want a no-fuss method. On occasions I have also made this with tea bags. You can also add more or less tea depending on how strong you want it to be.
Apples: Use apples that are in season and yield the most flavors. Sometimes I make this to use up the apples that have been in the fridge for long as they no more taste good to chew on. So use what you have on hand, though fresh and sweet apples are best.
Ginger is best used fresh. Tea with ginger is very popular for its warming properties. The sweetness in the apples balance the sharp taste of ginger. If you don’t have fresh ginger, you may add a pinch of dry ginger powder for health benefits but the flavor and spice factor is higher with it.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon is not only a sweet and warming spice, but it also has a strong smell and pleasant taste. While Ceylon cinnamon is purer and has milder and sweeter flavor, you can also use cassia cinnamon if you want. Cinnamon goes particularly well with apples as a combination, each complementing the other in terms of flavor and taste.
It has many medicinal properties and it is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti- viral so boosts immunity and fights many infections. It may balance blood sugar levels, may reduce blood pressure and helps with digestion.
Lemon juice: Lemon is high in Vitamin C and boosts immunity so you may add that once the temperature of the apple tea comes down. It’s tangy, fresh and citrusy flavors will enhance the flavor of your apple tea.
Sweetener: If your apples are sweet enough you really don’t need to add any sweetener. But Honey can be added for antioxidant properties. If down with cold or flu like symptoms I prefer to use Manuka honey.
Black pepper can also be used in crushed form to add some heat to the apple tea. Additionally its warming qualities make it a good tonic to have in winter and in monsoon.
When you combine all these ingredients in a delicious apple tea, you can relish the taste of this amazing beverage and also get so many health benefits.
Adding cinnamon, pepper, lemon juice and honey are optional buy you not only enjoy the taste of the tea, but also get numerous health benefits from them.
While it is best made and had fresh, you can refrigerate and reheat it before having, in case you make it in a larger quantity.
Apple tea (apple cinnamon tea)
For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card
Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )
- 3 cups water
- 1 apple (sweet apple)
- 1 inch cinnamon piece (⅛ to ¼ tsp ground cinnamon)
- ½ inch ginger (peeled, crushed or minced)
- 1 tablespoon Lemon juice (optional)
- 4 black pepper corn crushed (or ground pepper) (optional)
- ½ teaspoon tea powder or 1 teaspoon leaves or 2 tea bags (adjust to taste)
- 1 tablespoon Honey or sugar if required (optional)
- To make apple tea, firstly pour water to a pot and add tea powder, ginger, cinnamon and black pepper. Bring this to a boil on a medium heat.
- Reduce the heat and simmer this for 5 to 7 minutes until you begin to smell the cinnamon.
- While the tea simmers, rinse and peel the apple. Chop to small bite sized pieces or grate it.
- Add the apple to the boiling tea and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and cover the pot. Do not disturb for 5 mins.
- After 5 mins, strain the apple tea and add sugar if using.
- If adding lemon juice or honey, let the apple tea cool down to warm temperature. Then stir honey and lemon juice as required.
- Serve apple cinnamon tea warm or hot. You can also eat up the warm mushy apple.
Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.
For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.
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