Turkish Apple Tea
Turkish Apple Tea
5 from 1 vote
Experience the delightful taste of a traditional Turkish beverage with our refreshing apple tea recipe. Bursting with aromatic flavors and natural sweetness, this drink is a perfect blend of fruity notes and soothing warmth. A must-try for tea lovers looking for a unique and delicious drink to enjoy.
Turkish Apple Tea

Imagine yourself sitting in a cozy cafe overlooking the bustling streets of Istanbul, the scent of sweet, fragrant apples wafting through the air. This is where you’ll find yourself savoring a cup of Turkish Apple Tea, a delightful and refreshing beverage that has been a beloved tradition in Turkish culture for centuries.

The history of Turkish Apple Tea dates back to the Ottoman Empire, where it was enjoyed by royalty and commoners alike. The recipe is a simple yet flavorful blend of dried apples, cinnamon, and cloves, creating a warm and comforting drink that is perfect for any time of day.

The origins of Turkish Apple Tea can be traced back to the rich agricultural history of the region, where apples were a popular crop due to their versatile uses in both savory and sweet dishes. The combination of apples and tea became a natural and delicious way to enjoy this beloved fruit in a different form.

Creating Turkish Apple Tea at home is surprisingly easy, with a recipe that is perfect for beginner cooks and seasoned chefs alike. With just a few simple ingredients and a bit of patience, you can recreate the warm, spicy flavors of this classic Turkish beverage in your own kitchen.


Black Tea Bags: Black tea is a type of tea that is more oxidized than oolong, green, and white teas. It is generally stronger in flavor than other tea varieties, with a darker color and higher caffeine content. Black tea bags are a convenient way to brew black tea, as they contain pre-portioned amounts of tea leaves. The black tea used in this recipe will provide a robust base for the Turkish Apple Tea, adding depth and complexity to the drink.

Apple: Apples are a popular fruit that are commonly used in cooking and baking. They are sweet and crisp, with a slightly tart flavor that pairs well with a variety of ingredients. In this recipe, the apple will be used to add natural sweetness and a fruity aroma to the tea. The apple will be sliced and added to the tea during the brewing process, infusing the beverage with its flavor.

Sugar: Sugar is a common sweetener that is used in a wide range of foods and beverages. It adds sweetness to dishes and can help balance out the flavors of other ingredients. In this recipe, sugar will be added to the Turkish Apple Tea to enhance the natural sweetness of the apple and create a more well-rounded flavor profile. The amount of sugar used can be adjusted to suit individual taste preferences.

Lemon Juice: Lemon juice is a popular ingredient in cooking and baking, known for its bright and tangy flavor. It can be used to add acidity and a fresh, citrusy taste to dishes. In this recipe, lemon juice will be added to the Turkish Apple Tea to provide a hint of acidity and balance out the sweetness of the apple and sugar. The lemon juice will add a refreshing zing to the tea, making it a more dynamic and flavorful beverage.

Serving Suggestions and Variations

For serving suggestions, Turkish Apple Tea can be enjoyed hot or cold, depending on your preference. When serving hot, pour the tea into small tea glasses or mugs and garnish with a slice of fresh apple or a twist of lemon peel. For a cold version, allow the tea to cool to room temperature before refrigerating. Serve over ice with a sprig of mint or a slice of apple for a refreshing twist.

  • To add a touch of spice to your Turkish Apple Tea, consider steeping the black tea bags with a cinnamon stick or a few cloves. This will impart a warm and aromatic flavor to the tea.
  • For a sweeter version of the tea, you can add honey or agave nectar instead of sugar. Adjust the sweetness to your liking by starting with a small amount and adding more as needed.
  • Experiment with different types of apples to vary the flavor profile of the tea. Try using sweet Gala apples, tart Granny Smith apples, or crisp Fuji apples to see which you prefer.
  • In addition to lemon juice, you can also add a splash of orange juice or pomegranate juice to the tea for added complexity and a burst of fruity flavor.
  • To make a batch of Turkish Apple Tea for a crowd, simply increase the quantities of ingredients accordingly. Serve in a large pitcher with plenty of ice and garnishes for a beautiful and refreshing drink.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Turkish Apple Tea?

Turkish Apple Tea is a delicious and aromatic tea made from dried apple pieces and other spices. It is a popular traditional beverage in Turkey.

How is Turkish Apple Tea prepared?

To prepare Turkish Apple Tea, simply steep dried apple pieces in hot water for several minutes. The tea can be sweetened with sugar or honey, and enjoyed hot or cold.

Is Turkish Apple Tea caffeine-free?

Yes, Turkish Apple Tea is caffeine-free, making it a great choice for those looking for a caffeine-free alternative to traditional teas.

Can Turkish Apple Tea be served cold?

Yes, Turkish Apple Tea can be enjoyed hot or cold. To serve it cold, simply steep the tea as usual and then chill it in the refrigerator before serving over ice.

What are the health benefits of Turkish Apple Tea?

Turkish Apple Tea is rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. It is also believed to aid digestion and boost the immune system.

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Turkish Apple Tea

Turkish Apple Tea

by Nabeela Kauser
Experience the delightful taste of a traditional Turkish beverage with our refreshing apple tea recipe. Bursting with aromatic flavors and natural sweetness, this drink is a perfect blend of fruity notes and soothing warmth.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Turkish
Servings 2
Calories 94 kcal


  • 500 ml Water boiled
  • 2 Tea Bags black
  • 1 Apple thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 Lemon juiced


  • In a teapot, pour the freshly boiled water over the tea bags.
  • Add the thinly sliced apple into the teapot.
  • Stir in the sugar until dissolved.
  • Let the tea steep for about 10 minutes to infuse the flavours.
  • After steeping, remove the tea bags and discard.
  • Squeeze the lemon juice into the tea and stir well.
  • Serve hot in cups or glasses.


For a stronger apple flavour, allow the tea to steep for a longer duration.
Adjust the sweetness level by adding more or less sugar according to your preference.
This tea can also be enjoyed chilled. Simply allow it to cool down after steeping, then refrigerate until cold before serving.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 94kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.03gSodium: 14mgPotassium: 98mgFibre: 2gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 49IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Apple Tea, Beverages, Cooking, Herbal Tea, Hot Drinks, Recipe, Tea, Turkish Apple Tea, Turkish Tea
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