Tea is my trusty companion through all seasons.
But when those autumn winds start to blow, it’s time to cozy up with something warm and comforting, like this delightful cinnamon apple tea.
Now, making this tea is as easy as pie (or should I say, as easy as pie-flavored tea?).
You don’t need a degree in rocket science or a fancy tea-making machine.
Nope, just a handful of ingredients and a sprinkle of magic, and you’re on your way to tea nirvana.
Sure, you could grab a store-bought bag of apple cinnamon tea, but where’s the fun in that?
Plus, who knows what mysterious “added flavors” they sneak into those things?
Homemade apple cinnamon is the way to go.
The result is a tea that’s bursting with real apple goodness and just the right amount of spicy goodness to keep you warm and toasty.
What Is Apple Cinnamon Tea?
Apple Cinnamon Tea is a cozy drink made by infusing apple and cinnamon flavors into hot water.
It’s typically prepared by steeping dried/fresh apple pieces and cinnamon sticks or ground cinnamon in boiling water.
The result? A lovely amber-colored liquid that smells like a slice of apple pie fresh out of the oven.
Taste-wise, it’s a beautiful mix of sweet and spicy.
The apple adds a fruity sweetness, while the cinnamon brings a warm, slightly spicy kick.
It’s like a comforting embrace from your grandma’s kitchen, or finding a hidden treasure of extra fries at the bottom of your takeout bag (you know, that kind of joy!).
As for its origins, Apple Cinnamon Tea doesn’t have a specific homeland.
It’s more like a global fusion of flavors.
Apples have been cultivated for centuries in places like Europe and Asia, while cinnamon has its roots in South Asia.
So, when these two delicious ingredients met, magic happened!
But.. apple tea is a cherished winter tea in Turkey.
As for apple cinnamon tea, this heartwarming tea is famous in many countries.
You’ll find it sipped and loved in the United States, where it’s often enjoyed during crisp fall evenings.
It’s also a hit in Europe, especially in countries like Germany and Austria.
And let’s not forget its popularity in Asia, where both apples and cinnamon have been cherished for ages.
5 Apple Cinnamon Tea Benefits
Here are some of the main benefits of apple cinnamon tea:
1. A Tasty Antioxidant Boost
First things first, this tea is packed with antioxidants.
These little warriors help protect your body from harmful molecules called free radicals.
Ingredients in this tea give you a shield against the daily stresses of life.
2. Digestive Delight
Apple cinnamon tea can also be your digestive ally.
If you’ve ever had tummy troubles, a soothing cup of this tea might just do the trick.
It can help ease indigestion and bloating, making you feel as light as a feather.
3. Keep Your Heart Happy
You see, apples have a reputation for being heart-healthy, and when you pair them with cinnamon, great things happen.
Cinnamon can help lower your bad cholesterol levels, which is great news for your heart.
4. Say Goodbye to the Sniffles
If you’re feeling under the weather, apple cinnamon tea can be your best friend.
The warmth and the goodness of these ingredients can provide relief from cold symptoms, soothing your throat and warming you up.
5. Weight Management Made Delicious
Now, let’s talk about something many of us are interested in – managing our weight.
Apple cinnamon tea can be a part of your healthy lifestyle.
It can help curb those sweet cravings, thanks to the natural sweetness of apples, without adding many calories.
What You Need to Make Apple Cinnamon Tea
To whip up this tea, you’ll need just a few basic ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.
Apple Cinnamon Tea Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need:
Apples: Grab a couple of fresh apples. Any variety will do, but I personally love using Granny Smith apples for that extra zing.
Cinnamon Sticks: Cinnamon is the star of the show here. You’ll want a couple of cinnamon sticks to infuse that warm, comforting flavor into your tea.
Water: Yep, good quality water is essential. I prefer using filtered water. But you can also use what comes out of your tap.
Honey: For a touch of sweetness, have some honey on hand. It’s optional, but it adds a lovely, natural sweetness.
Teabags: Last but not least, you’ll need some tea bags. Black tea or green tea works great, but you can use your favorite.
Here’s what you’ll need in terms of tools:
A Pot or Kettle: You’ll need a pot or kettle to heat up that water.
If you’ve got a microwave-safe container, that can work too for heating water in the microwave.
A Knife and Cutting Board: These are handy for slicing your apples. Nothing fancy, just enough to get those apple slices ready.
A Spoon: A regular spoon will do for stirring.
Mug or Cup: To hold that lovely tea once it’s ready to sip. Go with your favorite mug – it adds to the coziness factor.
Strainer or Tea Infuser (Optional): If you don’t want bits of apple and cinnamon floating in your tea, you can use a strainer or a tea infuser.
But if you’re okay with a little texture, it’s totally optional.
How to Make Apple Cinnamon Tea
Here’s how you can brew up a cup of this cozy goodness.
Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients
First things first, gather your ingredients. You’ll need:
- 2 fresh apples: Any kind will do, but I love the tanginess of Granny Smith apples. Give them a good wash and slice them up.
- 2 cinnamon sticks: These will add that warm and spicy flavor to your tea.
- 4 cups of water: Yep, it’s as simple as that. Four cups of water will do the trick.
- 2 tablespoons of honey: For that touch of sweetness. Adjust to your liking.
- 2 tea bags: Choose your favorite – black tea or green tea. It’s your call.
Step 2: Boil the Water
Now, we’re getting to the heart of it. Take those 4 cups of water and bring them to a boil in your pot or kettle.
If you’re using a microwave, a microwave-safe container will work too.
We want that water nice and hot, but not quite bubbling over.
It should be 205° F for black tea and 180° F for green tea.
Step 3: Add Apples and Cinnamon
Once your water is steaming but not at a full boil, add in those lovely apple slices and the cinnamon sticks.
Let them dance in the hot water for about 5 minutes.
Your kitchen will smell absolutely amazing!
Step 4: Steep the Tea Bags
After the apples and cinnamon have infused their flavors into the water, it’s tea time!
Pop in your tea bags and let them steep for about 3-4 minutes.
You don’t want to overdo it and make the tea too strong, unless you’re a die-hard tea fanatic.
Step 5: Sweeten It Up
Now, for a touch of sweetness, drizzle in those 2 tablespoons of honey.
Stir it gently until it’s all nicely mixed in.
Feel free to adjust the sweetness to your taste buds’ preference
Step 6: Serve and Enjoy
Pour your aromatic Apple Cinnamon Tea into your favorite mug or cup.
If you used a strainer or tea infuser earlier, you’ll have a nice clear tea.
But if you’re okay with a little texture, skip the straining.
Scroll to the bottom to have complete recipe with ingredients and instructions.
Apple Cinnamon Tea with Milk – Apple Cinnamon Tea Latte
The Apple Cinnamon Tea Latte is a yummy twist on the classic.
If you’re craving something a bit creamier and dreamier, you’re in for a treat.
Let me guide you through making this cozy beverage.
Step 1: Ingredients and Tools
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup of the Apple Cinnamon Tea you just made: Yep, that’s your base. It should be brewed and ready to go.
- 1/2 cup of milk: You can use any kind of milk you like – regular milk, almond milk, soy milk – it’s all good.
- 1 tablespoon of honey: For a touch of sweetness. Adjust to your taste.
Step 2: Heat the Milk
Pour your milk into a small saucepan and heat it gently over low to medium heat.
We don’t want it to boil, just get it nice and warm.
Give it a gentle stir as it warms up.
Step 3: Froth the Milk (Optional)
If you’re feeling fancy and want that latte foam, grab a whisk and give the warm milk a good whisking.
You can also use a milk frother if you have one.
This step is optional, but it adds that coffee shop touch.
Step 4: Mix with Tea and Honey
Now, take your cup of Apple Cinnamon Tea and pour it into your favorite mug.
Add in that warm, frothy milk.
Don’t forget the final touch – drizzle in that tablespoon of honey (if you didn’t already add it in the brew) and give it a gentle stir.
Adjust the sweetness to your liking.
Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon powder to get that Insta-worthy look!
Step 5: Enjoy Your Apple Cinnamon Tea Latte
Hold that warm mug in your hands, take a deep breath of the sweet, spiced aroma, and savor every sip of your homemade Apple Cinnamon Tea Latte.
It’s a little slice of cozy heaven that’s sure to brighten your day!
How to Make Apple Cinnamon Iced Tea
Whether you choose to use apple cider vinegar or fresh apple juice, you’re in for a treat.
This tea is super easy to whip up, even for those of us who might not be top-tier chefs.
- 2-3 tea bags (black or green tea)
- 1-2 cinnamon sticks (adjust to your taste)
- 1-2 apples, thinly sliced
- 4 cups of water (about 1 liter)
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or 1/2 cup fresh apple juice (adjust to your preference)
- Ice cubes
- Honey (optional, for a touch of sweetness)
For hot tea: Bring the 4 cups of water to a boil, and then let it cool for a minute before pouring it over the tea bags.
For cold brew: Simply use room temperature water and steep the tea bags for a longer time.
Step 1: If you’re going for hot tea, bring the 4 cups of water to a boil.
Once it’s boiling, turn off the heat and let it cool for about a minute.
Step 2: Add the tea bags and cinnamon sticks to the hot water.
Let them steep for about 5 minutes.
If you prefer a stronger tea, you can steep them a bit longer.
Step 3: Remove the tea bags and cinnamon sticks, and let the tea cool to room temperature.
You can speed up the process by popping it in the fridge for a bit.
Step 4: While the tea is cooling, slice your apples thinly.
The slices will add a lovely crispiness and flavor to your iced tea.
Step 5: Once the tea is at room temperature, add the apple cider vinegar or fresh apple juice.
Adjust the quantity to your taste. If you like it sweeter, feel free to add a drizzle of honey too.
Step 6: Now, it’s time to assemble your iced tea.
Fill a glass with ice cubes and some apple slices.
Step 7: Pour the apple cinnamon tea over the ice and apple slices.
Step 8: Give it a gentle stir and garnish with a cinnamon stick or apple slice if you like.
Voilà! You’ve just made a delicious and refreshing Apple Cinnamon Iced Tea that’s perfect for sipping on a sunny day.
How to Make Apple Cinnamon Tea Taste Better
Wanna take your Apple Cinnamon Tea from good to amazing?
Here are some simple tips and tricks to make it taste even better:
1. Sweeten It Just Right
Adding sweetness can really enhance the flavor of your tea.
I like to use honey because it complements the apple and cinnamon beautifully.
Start with a teaspoon and adjust to your taste.
Remember, it’s all about finding your sweet (or should I say spicy) spot.
2. Experiment with Spices
Feeling a bit adventurous?
Try adding a pinch of nutmeg or a clove to your tea.
These spices can bring a lovely warmth and depth to your cup.
But go easy, a little goes a long way!
3. Citrus Zest
If you have a lemon or orange lying around, grate a bit of the zest into your tea.
It’ll give your Apple Cinnamon Tea a zesty twist that’s both refreshing and aromatic.
4. Steep It Longer
Don’t rush the steeping process.
Let those apple slices and cinnamon sticks mingle with the hot water for a good 5-7 minutes.
This extra time allows the flavors to fully develop.
5. Add a Splash of Milk
If you like your tea creamy, add a splash of milk or a dairy-free alternative.
It’ll mellow out the flavors and give your tea a comforting, latte-like vibe.
6. Experiment with Tea Varieties
Don’t hesitate to try different tea varieties.
Black tea, green tea, or even a herbal tea blend can all work wonders with the apple and cinnamon combo.
Each type brings its unique charm to the mix.
7. Garnish with Fresh Mint
For a touch of freshness, garnish your tea with a sprig of fresh mint.
It not only looks lovely but also adds a cool contrast to the warm, spiced flavors.
8. Add a Slice of Fresh Ginger
Ginger can bring a delightful zing to your tea. Just slice up a small piece, toss it in, and let it infuse.
When you combine it with apples, cinnamon, and honey, it can be a great weight loss drink.
Tip – Don’t Toss Those Apple Peels!
Did you just enjoy a tasty apple snack, but now you’re left with those apple peels?
No worries, they’re like gold for your Apple Cinnamon Tea!
Instead of throwing them away, toss those apple peels into the pot while it’s simmering.
It’s a smart way to make the most out of your apples and add an extra burst of apple flavor to your tea. Waste not, want not!
Apple Cinnamon Tea Food Pairing
So, when it comes to Apple Cinnamon Tea food pairings, here’s what I personally enjoy:
- Biscuits or Cookies
I absolutely love having some buttery biscuits or shortbread cookies with my tea.
They’re sweet and just perfect for dipping.
Scones are like tea’s best buddies. I like plain ones or ones with raisins.
They’re soft and go so well with the tea.
- Cinnamon Toast
Since the tea already has cinnamon, cinnamon toast is a no-brainer.
It’s a double dose of cinnamon goodness.
- Apple Pie or Crisp
Apple desserts like pie or crisp are fantastic with this tea.
The apple flavor in both makes a delicious match.
Nuts are a crunchy delight. Almonds, walnuts, or pecans – they all work great for a little snack.
- Fruit Salad
Sometimes I keep it healthy with a fruit salad. The fresh fruit pairs nicely with the tea’s fruity notes.
A warm muffin, whether it’s blueberry or banana, is cozy and comforting alongside my tea.
You’ve got a taste for something savory with your Apple Cinnamon Tea? No problem!
Here are some savory options to pair with your tea: opt
- Cheese and Crackers
There’s something magical about the combination of cheese and tea.
Grab your favorite cheese, whether it’s cheddar, brie, or gouda, and some plain crackers.
The creamy, salty cheese pairs beautifully with the sweet and spicy notes of your Apple Cinnamon Tea.
A warm bowl of soup is a perfect companion to your tea, especially on a chilly day.
Try a classic tomato soup or a hearty vegetable soup.
The contrast between the hot, savory soup and the cozy tea is simply delightful.
- Savory Pastries
Think of savory pastries like mini quiches or sausage rolls.
Their flaky, buttery goodness complements the tea’s comforting flavors.
- Sliced Veggies with Hummus
If you’re in the mood for something lighter, grab some fresh cucumber, carrot sticks, or bell pepper slices.
Dip them in creamy hummus for a satisfying crunch that balances the sweetness of tea.
Toasted bread topped with diced tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, and a drizzle of olive oil makes for a savory delight.
When to Drink Apple Cinnamon Tea
Since you’ve just brewed a steaming mug of this tea, here’s when you might want to savor it:
Cozy Mornings: Start your day on a comforting note.
Apple Cinnamon Tea is perfect for those slow, cozy mornings when you want to ease into your day with a gentle, flavorful wake-up call.
Afternoon Break: Instead of reaching for a sugary snack, opt for a cup of this tea.
It’ll perk you up without the sugar crash.
Chilly Evenings: When the weather turns chilly, this tea is your best friend.
Wrap yourself in a blanket, grab a book, and sip on this warm drink by the fireplace (or a cozy corner of your home).
Special Moments: Have friends or family over? Treat them to a surprise with a pot of Apple Cinnamon Tea.
It’s a simple yet delightful way to make any occasion feel a bit more special.
Relaxation Time: Finally, it’s great for winding down in the evening.
The soothing aroma of apples and cinnamon can help you relax and unwind after a long day.
Related to Tea Making
Apple Cinnamon Tea RecipeCourse: DrinksCuisine: Other world cuisine
A delightful blend of apples, cinnamon, and tea for two.
2 fresh apples, sliced (any variety, but Granny Smith adds a nice zing)
2 cinnamon sticks
4 cups of water
2 tablespoons of honey (adjust to taste)
2 tea bags (black or green tea, your choice)
- Boil the Water: In a pot or kettle, bring 4 cups of water to a steaming point, but not a full boil.
- Add Apples and Cinnamon: Once the water is steaming, add the sliced apples and cinnamon sticks. Let them simmer together for about 5 minutes. Your kitchen will start smelling wonderful.
- Steep the Tea Bags: After infusing the apple and cinnamon flavors, add your tea bags. Let them steep for 3-4 minutes. Be mindful not to overdo it, as it can make the tea too strong.
- Sweeten It Up: Drizzle in 2 tablespoons of honey or adjust to your desired sweetness level. Stir gently to mix it in.
- Serve and Enjoy: Pour your aromatic Apple Cinnamon Tea into your favorite mug or cup. You can choose to strain it if you want a clear tea. Sip, savor, and relish the warmth and coziness of this delightful homemade tea.
- Storing Brewed Tea: If you have leftover brewed tea, let it cool to room temperature before refrigerating it in an airtight container. It can stay fresh in the fridge for up to 24 hours. However, for the best flavor and aroma, it's ideal to enjoy it freshly brewed.
- Making Iced Tea: If you want a refreshing twist, you can easily turn this warm Apple Cinnamon Tea into iced tea. After brewing and sweetening the tea, let it cool to room temperature. Then, refrigerate it until it's nicely chilled. Serve over ice cubes with a slice of apple and a cinnamon stick for garnish.
- Choosing Apples: While Granny Smith apples provide a tangy flavor, you can experiment with other apple varieties too. Gala, Honeycrisp, or Fuji apples can bring their unique sweetness to the tea. It's all about personal preference.
- To Peel or Not to Peel: Whether you peel the apples or not depends on your preference and the texture you desire in your tea. Leaving the peel on adds a bit of texture and fiber, while peeled apples result in a smoother tea. Try both ways and see which you prefer.
- Apple Slices or Cubes: The recipe calls for apple slices, but you can also cut them into small cubes. Cubes tend to infuse their flavor faster, so adjust the steeping time accordingly. You can even use dried apples.
- Sweetener Choices: Honey is used in the recipe for its natural sweetness and flavor. However, you can experiment with other sweeteners like maple syrup, agave nectar, or even brown sugar. Just remember to adjust the quantity to your taste.
- Cinnamon: The recipe includes cinnamon sticks but you can use cinnamon powder if you have that on hand. Use 1-2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon in this case.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What does apple cinnamon tea taste like?
Apple Cinnamon Tea combines the sweet and slightly tart notes of apples with the warm, spicy, and comforting flavor of cinnamon.
It’s a yummy blend that’s both fruity and aromatic, with a touch of spice. It’s like sipping on autumn in a cup!
Does apple cinnamon tea have caffeine?
Most Apple Cinnamon Teas are caffeine-free, especially if they’re herbal blends.
However, if your tea includes black or green tea as a base, it might have a small amount of caffeine, but generally, it’s a very low caffeine content.
Is apple cinnamon a real tea?
Apple Cinnamon Tea is not a traditional tea like black or green tea.
Instead, it’s typically a herbal infusion made by steeping apple pieces, cinnamon sticks, and sometimes other spices in hot water.
So, while it’s not technically a “tea” in the traditional sense, it’s a flavorful beverage.
How many calories are in apple cinnamon tea?
The number of calories in Apple Cinnamon Tea can vary depending on how it’s prepared.
If you’re making it without adding sugar or honey, it’s typically very low in calories, often close to zero. Adding sweeteners will increase the calorie count, but it’s still a relatively low-calorie drink.
What is apple and cinnamon tea good for?
Apple and cinnamon tea is known for its potential health benefits. It’s often enjoyed for its soothing properties and may help with digestion.
Additionally, the antioxidants in apples and cinnamon can have positive effects on overall health. Plus, it’s a wonderful way to warm up on a chilly day or unwind in the evening.
Are apples and cinnamon good together?
Absolutely! Apples and cinnamon are a classic flavor combination. The natural sweetness of apples pairs beautifully with the warm and slightly spicy notes of cinnamon.
Is apple cinnamon tea good before bed?
Apple Cinnamon Tea, especially if caffeine-free, can be an excellent choice before bedtime.
The soothing and aromatic qualities of this tea can help you relax and unwind.
Just skip the sweeteners if you’re concerned about sugar intake before sleep.