Ginger Apple Tea :: hot or cold

By Emily Smith

Good morning and welcome to all the new friends and faces here! I’m so happy to be sharing this recipe with you today. It’s really simple to make, but its rewards are many. Ginger has countless health benefits and it’s been an addition to our produce drawer for a little while now. I first reached for it during my pregnancy to keep morning sickness at bay and now I use it to make a delicious and refreshing homemade tea – that my mom introduced me to.  She had been making ginger tea alone for some time, but then decided to add an apple and it sweetened it right up! For this batch, I also added cinnamon sticks and a piece of bourbon black vanilla. While this was simmering, our home exuded the most delightful smells, it made it hard not to pour a cup before it was ready :)

My husband brought me back bourbon black vanilla from his travels through the Indian Ocean. I like it’s scent and texture – it’s gorgeous and infuses this tea with the perfect notes of vanilla.

Ingredients
one gala apple (a sweet apple), quartered
a chunk of ginger ( 2 x 2 inches), roughly peeled
two cinnamon sticks
one half of a vanilla bean, sliced open
twelve cups of water
Fill a large pot with twelve cups of water, add all of your ingredients.
Bring water to a rolling boil. Then reduce to low heat. Cover and let simmer for one hour.
Enjoy as hot tea, or let tea cool to room temperature, transfer to a pitcher and refrigerate 
for thirty minutes and enjoy over ice with fresh apple slices.
I sip this tea hot or cold – you can taste all the exquisite flavors and reap the health benefits either way. With it’s combination of ginger, cinnamon, and apple, it really is a super tonic. So drink up!!
As you can see, Little A. had no hesitation in sticking his baby paws out for a taste.
Before I sign off for the weekend, I wanted to express a BIG THANK YOU to Jessica Ainscough, The Wellness Warrior and to all of her lovely readers who have come by to say hello – what an honour to connect with you all. I had the privilege of being part of  Jessica’s FOODIE FRIDAY series and I would love if you would stop by and read my interview here :)  
Wishing you a beautiful, relaxing weekend!

Emily Smith

Emily Smith is the founder and editor of The Best of this Life. She has two littles, a darling husband, and dreams of owning a new puppy. A gluten-free connoisseur, social media maven and reigning fashionista (in her own rights). She loves writing and shares her three core values with her readers – love life, live well, share the beauty.
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20 Comments on Ginger Apple Tea :: hot or cold

  1. tinajo
    April 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm (2 years ago)

    That´s really nice, I´m sure I´d like that! :-)

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  2. Tara Bliss
    April 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm (2 years ago)

    This tea looks beautiful emily!

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  3. Val
    April 20, 2012 at 7:38 pm (2 years ago)

    I love these images…..I adore tea.

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  4. Saya
    April 21, 2012 at 2:10 am (2 years ago)

    Oh Wow… this looks to be everything comforting, soothing and nurturing. I am definitely giving this a go! Thank you always for your lovely ideas! xo

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  5. Aylin @ Glow Kitchen
    April 21, 2012 at 7:07 am (2 years ago)

    I love seeing a tea recipe. I have sooo much teat — I live in Istanbul, Turkey after all! But, I’ve never thought of making my own. I’m going to try this soon!

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  6. Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef
    April 21, 2012 at 11:27 am (2 years ago)

    This is a wonderful tea and I cannot wait to make it myself. I love ginger in anything and who doesn’t love apple and cinnamon. Thank you for sharing this!

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  7. Gloria
    April 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm (2 years ago)

    Look nice. Emily love your pictures, always amazing!

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  8. Choc Chip Uru
    April 21, 2012 at 8:08 pm (2 years ago)

    This looks really soothing and delicious :D
    Beautiful photography!
    And I have finally subscribed since it is working again :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  9. Lyndsey
    April 21, 2012 at 9:32 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Emily, thanks for stopping by my place. I like it here, and plan to be back often!

    I love ginger tea, and make it often. My daughter always asks me to make ginger lemonade. I like how easy you can peel ginger with a spoon. The tea is good when you have a cold too…it just makes you feel better. I can imagine how good your tea is with the vanilla and apple! I gotta try it! Mmmm…

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  10. Kate from Scratch
    April 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm (2 years ago)

    Your photos are positively gorgeous! The flavors of this are beautiful too. Delicious!

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  11. Monet
    April 22, 2012 at 3:19 pm (2 years ago)

    So happy to have stumbled on your blog this morning. This tea look delicious! I love the warmth in your pictures too! I wish I had a glass of this tea along with my breakfast. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday. Enjoy your week!

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  12. Rosita Vargas
    April 22, 2012 at 6:58 pm (2 years ago)

    Emily me encantan tus fotogarfías y recetas que es lo más importante ,es una perfecta combinación,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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  13. Angie {Successful2gether}
    April 23, 2012 at 10:53 am (2 years ago)

    Yummy! This is going on my must make list! :)
    Thank you for linking up on Successful Saturdays!

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  14. Amee Livingston
    April 24, 2012 at 9:45 pm (2 years ago)

    Delicious drink!! Thank you for sharing on Fit and Fabulous Fridays!! :)

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  15. Bonnie
    April 26, 2012 at 12:10 am (2 years ago)

    I made this tea!! It’s incredible!!

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  16. Stephanie
    September 28, 2012 at 6:49 pm (2 years ago)

    Coming by from Daily Buzz.
    Pinning this and can’t wait to try it! I love the little hand that is trying to sneek into the pic. :)

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  17. Bev
    May 23, 2014 at 9:45 pm (3 months ago)

    I would love to serve this at a party!

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