How to Brew Turkish Apple Tea

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Turkish apple tea is one of the most popular beverages in Turkey. Turkish apple tea also goes by the name Elma Cay. If you were to visit Turkey, you would see many tea rooms selling this tea. It may be fair to say that this tea is to Turkey what Coca Cola it to Americans, common and ubiquitous. As the demand grows, so it does its widespread popularity. Many people around the world have now adopted this tea as their own personal favorite. The first step to enjoying it is to understand how this fragrant tea is brewed.

Things You'll Need

  • Turkish Tea (Elma Cay)
  • Sugar Cubes
  • One large kettle
  • One small kettle
  • Small glass tea cups

A Turkish Brew

  • Purchase Turkish apple tea also known as Elma Cay. This combination of black tea leaves, spices and apple flavoring can be found at most tea retailers or tea houses. The kettles, or two pots, must be able to fit securely on top of the other.

  • Brew the tea. Place the tea leaves in the small kettle with just enough water to wet the leaves. Place the small kettle over a larger kettle of water. The top kettle should fit over the larger like a lid. Turn up the heat for the water in the larger kettle and let it come to a boil.

  • Leave the smaller kettle on top until the bottom kettle is at a full boil. Pour the boiling water into the tea.

  • Add cold water to the bottom kettle and boil again. By that time the tea should be close to finished. You will probably know by the aroma and flavor. Basically it steeps twice.

  • Pour the tea into a tea cup. Dilute it with hot water to the desired strength.

  • Sweeten the Turkish tea with sugar cubes and serve.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are diabetic, leave out the sugar cubes and use a sugar substitute. Try the different fruit combination Turkish teas if you enjoy fruitier brews. Some brews contain blackberry leaves, hibiscus and citrus fruit flavoring which makes them sweeter. In the summer, try this tea over ice.

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