It’s raining today and it’s in the 50s… finally feeling like fall. I definitely appreciated a glimpse back to summer in the past several days, but I am ready for the weather to get cooler to feel and do all things fall, like this tea. Technically, this is called Korean Jujube Tea, but I refer to it as Korean cider. It’s what you drink when the hot summer turns into crisp fall or on any special occasion.
My mom would always make them for us in the fall and on New Years Day, both special days to celebrate and appreciating change. I literally wake up with the smell and it filled the entire house. For New Years Day, it is a tradition to drink this tea cold with pine nuts. It’s interesting how just the difference in temperature changes its flavor and feel. Drink it cold for a punchy taste (great way to ring in the new year), or warm for settling and getting cozy. Equally delicious. And if that doesn’t convince you, consider the health benefits of jujube: restful sleep, antioxidants, and circulation as juju fruit contains rich source of iron.
Jujube in short are Korean dates. I personally have not tried fresh jujubes. The ones used for the tea are dried and when brewed for several hours, they have a distinct strong flavor and smell. It’s spicy, smokey, and sweet all at once. Words do not do justice on how good this tea this. You can brew it on its own with just jujubes, or follow our recipe:
- about 20 dried jujubes
- big piece of ginger (more if you want it to be spicier)
- two cinnamon sticks (more if you like cinnamon)
Boil all ingredients together in a pot of water for about 3 hours. The longer you boil, stronger the flavor. We recommend 2-3 hours. After boiling for 2-3 hours, drain all ingredients and enjoy! You may add honey in your mug as you drink it for some sweetness.