Updated: Aug 18
This recipe was actually adapted from my mom's apple tea. Like most great and experienced cooks, she didn't write down many of her recipes; she knew them by heart. So, she basically told me which ingredients she used and I had to come up with my own version of it over 6,000 miles away. I thinkI was able to get pretty close to it.
before I was granted my K-1 fiancée visa and hopped on a plane to the United States. Now, when the weather gets a bit cooler here in Miami, I don't waste any time—I buy some apples and get my tea started, since it's hard to know when another cold front will head this way again.
In fact, while I sit here writing this post, I am sipping the last cup of tea I have. Meanwhile, I debate with myself if I should add more apples to the grocery list or not, since the weather is not as cold as last week . . .
I love this tea for many reasons: First, it brings me memories from the place I called home for most of my life. Second, it's delicious and healthy since it doesn't have added sugar or preservatives and its flavor and aroma are enhanced by natural spices in it. I also noticed replacing drinks from coffee shops helped me to maintain my weight during the cooler months while keeping me warm when I head out to run errands.
Here it is . . .
Nanda's Delicious Fresh Apple Tea
9 Red Delicious apples
3 cinnamon sticks
2 liters of water
Peel the apples and cut them in half.
Place the apples and remaining ingredients in a pot over medium heat and cook for about 30 minutes or until apples start to get soft.
Lower temperature and simmer for at least one hour.
Turn burner off and run apples through a sieve.