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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Apple-cranberry and spice infusion

In summer, I enjoy iced concoctions from the garden, fruity, floral and a hint of herbs. But when the weather turns autumnal, I prefer a hot beverage, both fruity and spicy. 

Yesterday was a blustery and rainy day, here in Seattle, perfect for a pot of apple and cranberry "tea". It really took the chill off the afternoon. Not only was my beverage warming, but it may have healing properties. (see below information)

This is an all natural, autumn fruit and spice infusion. It uses 1 apple, some cranberries, whole cloves and a cinnamon stick.

To make about 20 ounces (four 5-ounce teacups):

In a non-reactive saucepan, pour 4 cups of water, add 1 medium apple, quartered, stem and seeds removed (if the apple has been waxed or sprayed with pesticides, peel as well), 1 handful fresh or frozen cranberries, 6-8 whole cloves and a 1 to 2-inch piece of cinnamon stick.

Bring water to a boil, simmer for 45 minutes to an hour (to taste, I simmer mine for 1 hour). Strain through a mesh strainer. Sweeten with honey, sugar or sweetener of choice, to taste. This infusion will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Both cinnamon (in stick or oil form) and cloves appear to have insulin boosting and cholesterol reducing effects in pre-diabetic and diabetic patients. For more information on research in this area, here's an article that may interest you at


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    1. Hi live and learn,
      it made the entire house smell wonderful!


    My daughter and I read this book, Zen Ties, and in it one of the characters makes Apple tea. It sounded so nice that I searched high and low how to make it but couldn't find anything. I'm very thrilled to find this - thanks so much, I'll make some now. It'll also probably clear the house smell of fried potatoes that we had for breakfast ;)

    1. Hi Jessica,
      I'm so glad to provide these directions, then! I'll look into that book, thanks for the URL.
      Hope you enjoy your tea!

  3. Bet this smelled yummy and tasted even better!

    1. Hi Tracy,
      It did! I love the smell of cinnamon in the fall.


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