Notes: The chai tea is a delicious addition here but it is not necessary. You can just as easily prepare this apple cider without the tea infusion simply by relying on the fragrant spices to carry the day. If you're making a version without the tea, you may wish to add a little more spice (a touch of cardamom and/or some orange zest) but this is really a matter of taste so play around and see what works best for you. This recipe will make about six one cup servings. -------------------- Directions: Brings 6 cups of fresh cold water to a boil (or just short of a boil) in your kettle.
Place chai tea in an infuser set in a teapot. Pour heated water over the tea mixture and infuse for about 5-7 minutes ensuring that the tea mixture is fully submerged in the water.
Remove infuser and pour tea into a medium sized pot on the stove. Whisk in maple syrup and add apples, ground spices and cinnamon sticks. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil and then reduce to simmer for 6-8 minutes or until apples have softened and mixture is fragrant. Pour apple cider into individual serving cups making sure to scoop up some apple pieces. Add a cinnamon stick and enjoy!