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Apple Cider Tea

A simple cozy seasonal drink made with brewed black tea and apple cider. Warming spices and a squeeze of lemon make this perfect for sipping on a crisp fall evening.

Apple cider tea with an apple slice and cinnamon stick in a white mug with a gold spoon.

The day the clocks change in the fall is pretty much the same day I start drinking tea every afternoon.

This seasonal routine is one of the very few bright spots in an otherwise dreadful time of year that honestly, I just can’t stand.

There’s just nothing good about 4:30pm darkness and cold weather in my opinion!

After a trip to a local cider mill last weekend, my afternoon tea ritual got a little facelift and while simple, I still think this apple cider tea recipe is worth sharing.

If you’re like me and love fresh apple cider but also don’t love drinking huge glasses of it at once (hello, sugar rush), this approach of diluting it and brewing with tea is the perfect compromise.

It’s a cozy fall drink that will satisfy the need for something warm to sip in the afternoon or cold evenings of the season.

And while non-alcoholic as written, who am I to judge anyone that wants to add a glug of bourbon or whiskey to it?

Black tea bags simmering with apple cider in a metal pot with a cinnamon stick.

INGREDIENTS TO MAKE APPLE CIDER TEA

  • apple cider
  • black tea
  • water
  • cinnamon stick
  • lemon

CHOOSING THE BEST APPLE CIDER

If possible, pick a fresh unfiltered cider for this recipe. It’s important to note I’m talking about non-alcoholic cider not the boozy kind! If you want booze, try this simply spiked apple cider recipe.

The only ingredient should be apples.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN APPLE CIDER AND APPLE JUICE?

Apple cider is fresh, unfiltered and unpasteurized. It’s made of fresh pressed apples and shouldn’t contain any additional ingredients. It’s basically made by cutting up apples, mashing them and then pressing out the juice.

Apple juice on the other hand, is a more processed product as it takes the apples and filters them to remove the pulp then pasteurizes it to become shelf stable.

Apple cider needs to be kept under refrigeration while apple juice can sit at room temperature. Because cider is unpasteurized it can actually ferment with time and turn into hard cider.

Squeezing a lemon wedge into apple cider tea in a white mug.

HOW TO MAKE HOT APPLE CIDER TEA

Combine the apple cider, water, cinnamon stick and tea bags in a pot. Alternatively, you can use loose leaf tea and a tea ball strainer.

Bring to a boil then lower the heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.

Turn off the heat and let sit for another 5-10 minutes.

Remove the tea bags (or strainer) and cinnamon stick from the pot and pour the cider tea into mugs. Squeeze a wedge of lemon into each mug and enjoy.

Garnish with apple slices if desired. Or serve with maple cinnamon air fryer apple chips.

WHAT TYPE OF TEA SHOULD I USE?

I like the flavor of regular black tea paired with the apple cider. Green tea can also be used if you like that (I’m just not a green tea fan) or other types of black tea like Earl Grey.

If you’re sensitive to caffeine, free free to use decaffeinated tea in this recipe.

Warm apple cider tea with cinnamon garnished with an apple slice in a mug.

If you’re wondering how the flavors of tea and apple cider marry together the answer is just wonderfully. I love the sweetness from the cider and the depth the black tea brings to it.

The fresh lemon juice brightens everything up while the cinnamon adds to that warm and cozy fall vibe.

It’s really the perfect warm seasonal drink and if you pair it with something like a pumpkin biscotti or a sweet potato cookie, you’ll look forward to every afternoon like just as much as I do!

Non-alcoholic warm apple cider black tea with a cinnamon stick and round apple slice in a white mug.

MORE DRINKS LIKE THIS TO TRY:

Apple Cinnamon Tea Latte
Pumpkin Hazelnut Hot Chocolate
Butternut Squash Smoothie
Strawberry Basil Cider Slushies

Apple cider tea.

Apple Cider Tea

Yield: 2 servings
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

A cozy warming non-alcoholic fall drink made with brewed black tea and apple cider.

Ingredients

  • 2 black tea bags
  • 1 cup unfiltered apple cider
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • lemon wedges for serving
  • apple slices for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine the apple cider, water, tea bags and cinnamon stick in a small pot.
  2. Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat and let rest for 5-10 minutes. Remove tea bags and pour into mugs.
  4. Squeeze fresh lemon into each mug along with a thin slice of apple (if desired) and enjoy warm.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 97Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 3gSugar: 18gProtein: 1g

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DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE?

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Charles

Monday 14th of November 2022

I love Fall and your Apple Cider Tea just made it better! thanks for sharing!

rebecca

Monday 14th of November 2022

ohh I love this recipe! what a great addition to tea

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