Our family is anxiously awaiting the arrival of autumn while temperatures are still hanging around 90 degrees! So in the meantime, apple tea allows us to satisfy our cravings for fall flavors while cooling off with a refreshing beverage.
I adapted this recipe from Ina Garten’s “Herbal Iced Tea” featured in her cookbook Family Style: Easy Ideas and Recipes That Make Everyone Feel Like Family. This tea has been a favorite of Joel’s and mine for many years and one we enjoy year round. It can also be heated in chilly seasons for a warm drink.
8 Lemon Zinger tea bags
8 Red Zinger tea bags
1/2 gallon apple juice*
1 cup sugar
This recipe makes 1 gallon of apple tea.
Steep all 16 tea bags in 1/2 gallon (8 cups) of boiling water for 10-12 minutes. Drain and discard the tea bags. Stir in the sugar until dissolved. Pour tea and apple juice into a gallon pitcher. Refrigerate until chillled. Serve over ice.
*I use either Mott’s Natural Apple Juice or Simply Apple as they have a purer apple flavor without the expense of the pricier pure apple juices.