Recipe by Lucy Markewicz

by Tia

Although I’m a coffee lover through and through, lately I’ve been experimenting with alternative warm drinks to keep me comfy all day long! This one is especially great as it offers the convenience of being either a hot or cold option depending on the weather.


  • 250g apples, sweet
  • 250g naartjies/ grapefruit or oranges
  • 5cm piece ginger
  • ½ tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 clove
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 teaspoon Szechuan peppercorns
  • 5 cups Water


  1. Quarter and remove the core from the apples.
  2. Add apples, sliced ginger, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, star anise, clove and peppercorns, and the water to the cooking pot. Using a pressure cooker, cook for 18 minutes at high pressure. You may also simmer on the stovetop for 30 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool slightly before straining into heatproof jug or jars. Press the fruit a little as you strain to release the juice. If storing seal tightly before storing in the fridge.
  4. Serve either hot or cold, garnish glasses with a slice of apple and citrus and stick of cinnamon. Perfect for those chilly winter mornings

CHEF’S TIP: You can stretch this tea by adding some made-up rooibos and a little extra sugar if you want to serve it to several people. It gives the rooibos a lovely flavour!

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