Elma Çayi (Turkish Apple Tea)
2apples, washed well and cut into quarters, do not remove the peel, core or seeds (variety and color not specified although red apples were tested)
1orange, flesh of (zest it first and use the zest for garnish)
1piece of orange peel (about 2-3" inch strip)
4 cfiltered water
1 tsprose water, to taste (my addition and optional)
·fresh mint, for garnish
·orange zest, for garnish
·sugar, to sweeten (if desired)
How to Make Elma Çayi (Turkish Apple Tea)
- Place the apples, oranges, orange peel, cinnamon stick, whole cloves and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to LOW and simmer until the apples are very soft, about 30 minutes.
- 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.
- 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.