Winter is finally here. One of the things that really go well with this cold weather is Tea. Is it because you can immerse yourself into the warm aroma without feeling the heat or because drinking something warm in cold weather just feels better is anyone’s guess.

During this time of the year however, tea somehow starts tasting better for me. Bored with our regular black tea, I decided to make something better and better it turned out indeed.

Flavored tea is the most admired Middle Eastern drink which is enjoyed even with meals as it carries great nutritional value.

Apple tea, specifically, originates from Turkey. It is brewed with apple peels, cinnamon, whole spices, honey and green tea bags or green tea leaves. These are the perfect ingredients to keep our body detoxified and warm. Moreover, if you have a sore throat, add ginger and pepper. It will provide immediate relief by soothing the throat.

All you need really is leftover apple peels from any seasonal apple recipe. Don’t throw them away! Instead use them to make the delicious, scented tea. The added bonus is that your house will smell amazing while apples are simmering away. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • Cinnamon sticks – 2 sticks or 1/8 teaspoon grounded
  • Apple peels – 1 apple or thin apple slices – 1 apple
  • Water – 3 cups
  • Star anise – 1
  • All spice – 1/8 teaspoon
  • Green Tea bag – 1
  • Lemon and honey – to taste

Instructions:

  • Place all the ingredients into a saucepan, except green tea bag, honey and lemon and
  • Add teabag, cover the saucepan with lid. Remove the teabag after 2 minutes and  let it simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.
  • Serve it in tea glasses.
  • Sweeten with honey and lemon, as desired.

Additional Notes:

  • You can add whole chunks or slices of apples and let them simmer well in the tea.
  • Push and sequence all the liquid from apples before adding teabag and putting on “dam”.
  • Water cooked with apple peels and whole spices  can be prepared in large quantity and stored in fridge, when needed reheat and add tea bags as required.
  • Use red apple peels to gain a lovely shade of pink.

Fatima Ali

I am trained to be an IT professional. I served National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) for six years after graduating from the same university. As long as I can remember, cooking good food has been my passion and it makes me happy. My cooking lessons were a bit unusual though. Back in the day when digital did not mean much, my father would record cooking shows (knorr ka kitchen, kaukab khuwaja and Zee Khana Khazana – Chef Sanjeev Kapoor) for me to watch endless times later on, before trying the recipes out. I would make brownies and cold cake almost every day while my mother was asleep. This was my way of surprising her every evening. My mother cooks amazing food too and I have tried many of the recipes written in her recipe book. I draw inspiration from a number of chefs from televised cooking shows such as Late Chef Farah, Chef Rahat, Chef Mehboob, BBC Food, Masala TV, Chef Shai, Chef Sharmeen, Master Chef Australia and my ultimate favorite Chef Shireen Anwer. I would not be as good a cook I am now without passive guidance from each one of these.