To celebrate National Apple Month which fittingly coincides with Fall festivals, apple picking at nearby orchards and Halloween, this Thirsty Thursday features a hot apple tea redolent with fresh ginger, cinnamon, cloves and the added zing of lemon juice. Apples are the new superfruit, equal to two other superfruits, blueberries and pomegranates, according to a survey done by Supermarket Guru. Apples are available year round, rich in antioxidants, especially when the peel is eaten, a great source of fiber and may even improve brain health which could possibly delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The health benefits are endless! Apparently the old adage-an apple a day keeps the doctor away-has some merit, after all. Ginger also has numerous health benefits; motion sickness prevention, colon cancer prevention, cold and flu prevention, migraine relief and more.
This hot ginger apple tea is cooked in a slow cooker, a perfect way to keep the beverage hot, and serves 8-10. Remove the spice bag and tea bags when the cycle is complete. If your slow cooker has a warm cycle, the tea will stay hot for several hours.
Hot Ginger Apple Tea
1 lemon, peel removed and juiced,
1/3 cup fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 cinnamon sticks, broken
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
1 quart organic 100% apple juice or apple cider
1 quart water
6 tea bags
Lemon slices for garnish
Ginger honey to sweeten
Chill lemon juice until needed. Place lemon peel,ginger, broken cinnamon sticks and cloves in a spice bag and secure.
In a 3-1/2 or 4 quart slow cooker, combine the spice bag, apple juice and water. Cover and cook on low heat for 5 to 6 hours or high heat for 2-1/2 to 3 hours. When cycle is complete, remove and discard spice bag. Add tea bags, (draping strings over the side of the slow cooker and securing with the lid) and chilled lemon juice to slow cooker. Let stand 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeezing gently to remove excess liquid; discard bags. Garnish with lemon slices and sweeten with ginger honey, if desired.