Turkish Apple Tea (Elma Cayi)

Apple tea in a glass mug, a slice of apple inside it, a lemon slice and cinnamon stick on the side.

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Turkish apple tea made with fresh apples flavored with cinnamon and lemon zest. A perfect healthy drink during winter months.


  • 3 fresh apples (peel on), sliced (or ¼ cup dried apples)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 slice of lemon (skin on), optional
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon honey, optional


Put everything except honey in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. 

Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Strain the tea into a teapot, gently pressing on apples to get all the juice from them.

Add in honey if you want to sweeten it a bit.

Serve hot in glasses or cups.


  1. If you use tangy apples, you can leave the lemon out. But use it if you want an extra tang.
  2. Don’t put honey in the saucepan when cooking the tea. Honey shouldn’t be cooked like this. You can only add it in the hot tea when it is removed from the heat.
  3. You can keep the leftovers, strained in an airtight jar in the fridge for a few days. Reheat when you are ready to drink.