Spiced apple tea is like a hug in a mug (especially on cold nights!). As an added bonus, this tea smells and tastes heavenly. My children really enjoy it because of the apple juice and the hint of orange flavor.
Tips and Notes
I prepare the black tea first. I then place the tea and all the remaining ingredients in the crock pot and set it on low. I also quadruple the recipe.
You have the option to serve this spiced apple tea just plain – as in “no sweetener.” Personally, I prefer it sweetened a bit. My favorite sweetener is raw honey. Raw blue agave, liquid stevia, erythritol, coconut syrup, maple syrup, or another sweetener of your choice would also work.
When it comes to stevia, remember a little goes a long way. Start with only a few drops and increase (slowly) from there. If you put too much, your tea will taste bitter and may be ruined. My husband thinks stevia tastes bitter no matter how little is used. (Basically, he hates stevia.) For this reason, I never use it when I prepare something for him. I’ve heard some people are more sensitive to the taste than others, so you may want to keep this in mind when using stevia.
You can use orange wedges if you want but they aren’t necessary. This tea will taste fine without them, although I think the oranges add some body to the tea. Lemon wedges would probably work too, and add an extra zing to your spiced apple tea.
Spiced Apple Tea
You will start your apple tea with one cup of good quality all natural apple juice. I usually buy mine at Trader Joe’s or another natural food grocery store.
You will pour it into a small saucepan.
To the pan, you will add two whole cloves, one cinnamon stick, and two orange wedges (optional). Place your pan on the stovetop and bring the apple juice to a gentle simmer, covering for 10 to 15 minutes.
Turn the stove off and let the apple juice continue to steep with the spices.
In the meantime, bring 1 & 1/3 cups of pure water to a boil.
Note: if tea is not your thing use more apple juice and omit the tea or use an herbal tea.
Remove the tea bags from the water.
Strain the spices from your apple juice. Discard the cinnamon stick, orange wedges, and whole cloves.
Add the spiced apple juice to the prepared tea and stir to mix.
Add the sweetener of your choice (sweetener can be omitted if you prefer). Again, stir to mix.
Serve warm, hot or even iced.
Serves two people.