Elma Çayi (Turkish Apple Tea)

Elma Çayi (turkish Apple Tea)

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From various online sites including turkishcookbook.com. Late summer apple varieties are making their debut in local markets here. Notice that there is no added sugar in the beverage although you can add some sugar if you wish.


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3-4 (estimated)
15 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


  • 2
    apples, washed well and cut into quarters, do not remove the peel, core or seeds (variety and color not specified although red apples were tested)
  • 1
    orange, flesh of (zest it first and use the zest for garnish)
  • 1
    piece of orange peel (about 2-3" inch strip)
  • 1
    stick cinnamon
  • 2
    whole cloves
  • 4 c
    filtered water
  • 1 tsp
    rose water, to taste (my addition and optional)
  • ·
    ice cubes
  • ·
    fresh mint, for garnish
  • ·
    orange zest, for garnish
  • ·
    sugar, to sweeten (if desired)

How to Make Elma Çayi (Turkish Apple Tea)


  1. Place the apples, oranges, orange peel, cinnamon stick, whole cloves and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to LOW and simmer until the apples are very soft, about 30 minutes.
  3. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a non-reactive bowl pushing gently with the back of a wooden spoon to extract all the liquid. Stir in the rose water. Set aside to cool briefly about 10 minutes.
  4. Pour the juice again [through a fine mesh strainer] into the drinking glasses filled with ice cubes. Garnish with fresh mint, orange zest and sweeten to taste.

    Makes about 3 (8 ounce) servings.

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About Elma Çayi (Turkish Apple Tea)

Course/Dish: Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Middle Eastern

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