Friday, June 3, 2016

Hibiscus Punch

1½ gallons
Ingredients
1½  gallons water
2 cups hibiscus flowers 
3 or 4 star anise
1 tablespoon allspice berries
½  teaspoon whole cloves
3 - 4 (4") cinnamon sticks 
¼  cup ginger pieces, dried or ½ cup freshly grated ginger root
1 large orange, zest and juice
2 - 2 ½ cups sugar

Method
With the exception of the sugar, place all ingredients in a large pot and bring it to a boil.  Reduce the heat to medium low and let pot simmer partially covered for 15 minutes.
Remove pot from the heat cover completely and let tea steep for 1 hour.
Strain punch into another pot and discard the ingredients.  Strain punch again and add 2 cups of sugar.  Taste for sweetness add the additional ½ cup if needed.
Let punch cool then transfer to a punch bowl and refrigerate until cold.

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