Iced, Spiced Apple Tea or Apple Chai

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on July 20, 2009

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I love both Indian chai tea and Turkish apple tea. Chai tea is strong and scented with cardamom and cloves. Turkish apple tea (elma cay) is golden, refreshing and tastes quite like apple juice. This recipe combines the best of both teas – the aromatic spices from chai tea and the bright apple flavor of apple tea. Serve this tea cold in a tall glass with ice on a hot summer afternoon. Or serve it warm in tea cups on a chilly autumn day. 

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Use a good quality loose leaf black tea. I used assam tea. If you dont have loose leaf tea, you could use tea bags instead. You’ll also need some apple juice and spices – cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. Star anise or saffron will also be nice..use whatever spices you like.  

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Iced, Spiced Apple Tea or Apple Chai Recipe
makes about 2 cups

1 cup water
2 cardamom pods
2 cloves
1 thin one inch piece of cinnamon
2 tsp loose leaf black tea or 2 tea bags
Sugar to taste
1 cup store bought apple juice
Apple slices for garnish

Lightly crush the cardamom pods with the back of a wooden spoon till it cracks open. Place the water, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the tea, turn off heat and let the tea steep for about 3 minutes. Then strain the tea and stir in sugar to taste.

Mix the prepared tea with apple juice. Serve cold (or hot). Garnish with apple slices.

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1 nags July 20, 2009 at 10:23 pm

such a simple drink :) amazing pics too!

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2 chakhlere July 20, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Such a nice tea! Never heard of it before.
My darling loves tea… will make this for him!!

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3 Soma July 21, 2009 at 10:07 am

Such a beautiful Picture! We are having a lot of these flowers in the front & back yard;-) I will try this tea over the weekend, I am not fond of Tea (the hot ones..except darjeeling tea made soaked in a pot) but love cold tea since it does not become milkshakes;-D

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4 Manasi July 21, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Starbucks had come out with an apple spiced latte last winter, one taste and I was hooked to the spicy-sweet-tart taste, since it was a holiday special and not available anymore, I’ve been missing it. A dozen thanks for posting this recipe!

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5 Mari at Once Upon a Plate July 21, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Oh, this looks so pretty and refreshing!

You always take the most beautiful pictures ~ every one is a work of art, and worth framing.

Very, very nice. xo~m.

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6 Laavanya July 21, 2009 at 10:10 pm

After tasting the fundoo hibiscus lemonade, i’m positive this is another hit of a drink…. looks so refreshing and pretty.

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7 Recipe man July 22, 2009 at 7:17 am

hi, just found your blog. looks great.
the tastes u aim at are exactly the type i love

all the food looks great!

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8 Vij July 22, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Lovely clicks! nice post. I want you to blog a post on food photography and how to set up a lil studio for the food pics :-)

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Sala (Veggie Belly) Reply:

@Vij, I’m flattered you want me to do a post on food photography :) youve made my whole weekend! But I really dont know much and I’m learning as I go…so I’ll point you to some great food photography posts that are out there..

http://veganyumyum.com/2008/09/food-photography-for-bloggers/
http://mattikaarts.com/blog/technique/food-photography-2/
http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/11/our-approach-to-food-photos/

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9 Vij July 22, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Lovely clicks! nice post. I want you to blog a post on food photography and how to set up a lil studio at home for the food pics :-)

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10 Marc @ NoRecipes July 23, 2009 at 1:20 am

I’ve always liked Turkish apple tea in theory until I’d take a sip and be confronted with sugary sweet artificial apple flavour. Love the idea of making it yourself. Brilliant!

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11 Olga July 26, 2009 at 5:09 pm

These are such pretty photos, and the teas look wonderfully refreshing!

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12 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella July 28, 2009 at 3:24 am

Brilliant idea as I also adore Turkish Apple and Chai tea. Would you mind if I borrowed this idea for my next afternoon tea? it’s pure genius :D

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13 shyam kotecha October 26, 2009 at 10:29 am

hey tried this out,.,. was real nice,.,. !

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14 Soumya June 27, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Another lovely recipe. Spiked it with a bit of white rum and served it iced at a recent dinner I hosted. It was a huge success! Thank you!!

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