Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) was used for the determination of minor and major elements present in apple juices. Prior to ICP-AES measurement, samples were diluted with nitric acid or digested in a microwave assisted digestion system. The differences in the measured element concentrations after application of different types of sample preparation procedures are discussed. The direct measurement compared to closed microwave dissolution was found to be the best sample preparation procedure. Prior to the measurements the ICP-AES method was validated and optimized for the determination of elements in apple juices. For diluted apple juice samples the lowest limits of detection (LOD) were obtained for Ba and Cd (<20μgL-1), moderate ones for Cu, Mn, Ni, Fe, Ag, Ca, Cr, Zn, Mg, and Sr (20-100μgL-1), and the highest LODs for K, Pb, Na, and Al (>110μgL-1). The results obtained for the repeatability (<0.9%), the intermediate precision (<4.5%), the day-to-day reproducibility (<5.2%), and the overall uncertainty of measurement (approx. 4-7%) for all elements analyzed demonstrated the good applicability of the proposed method. Differences in major element content in fresh and commercial apple juice are discussed.