Our family loves to make our own tea blends from scratch. Here is a recipe that makes excellent use of the apples that we dried during apple season. Add additional apples and/or spices to your liking.
- 2 ¼ cups water
- 6 half-slices of dried apples
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 2 cloves, whole
- 1 tea bag — The tea can be black or green, decaf or regular.
Yield: Makes enough for 2 servings.
Turn stove burner to high.
Measure and pour water in a pan.
Add in apple slices.
Cover pan with a lid.
Bring to a boil.
Once water near a boil, immediately turn the heat down to low.
Simmer 20 minutes.
The hot water re-hydrates the apples and infuses their flavor into the water.
Add cloves and cinnamon.
The cloves can be added with the apples in Step 1. However, powdered cinnamon becomes stringy when boiled which is why I add it to this step. Also, the spices don’t overpower the tea when added during Step 3.
Remove pan from heat.
Turn burner off.
Add in 1 tea bag.
Place the lid back on the pan.
Let steep for 3 minutes.
Remove apples and tea bag from the pan. Squeeze out any tea remaining in the apples.
Pour tea into cups, sweeten and serve.
Garnish as desired.