Apple tea has a light, pleasant taste and is also a healthy way of obtaining vitamin A and potassium. One small apple contains 73 international units (IU) of vitamin A and 159 mg of potassium, and these nutrients are available in the apple tea. The beverage was once used to quench thirst or to aid in fever reduction, although there is no scientific evidence to back these theories. In any case, apple tea is still a popular drink, and this recipe yields approximately 5 cups.
Wash one large Granny Smith apple thoroughly and cut into small pieces, about 1-by-1 inch, using a sharp kitchen knife. Leave the peel intact, but remove seeds and stem.
Add the apple pieces to a medium sized saucepan and combine with 5 cups of spring or distilled water. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until the apple is soft, five to seven minutes.
Strain the apple tea through a colander into a drink pitcher and add about ½ cup of granulated sugar. Add more or less depending on personal tastes and stir well using a wooden spoon until the sugar has dissolved.
Pour the apple tea into chilled tea glasses filled with ice. Garnish with apple slices, if desired, and serve immediately. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to three days before discarding any unused portion.
Tart apples like Cortland or McIntosh may be used in place of Granny Smith to make apple tea.
Artificial sweetener or honey may be used in place of granulated sugar to sweeten the tea.