It is the season to be jolly and to grab for something other than a cup of tea. So we have a festive inspired beverage that is alcohol free but filled with loose leaf goodness & Christmas flavours you'll love.
So here is our recipe for a mulled wine inspired punch with a base of Hibiscus Tea which you drink from your tea cup or pretty cocktail glass. Add it to your thermos in the morning or create a batch for entertaining so lets get brewing!
Hibiscus Tea 2 Tea bags
Star Anise 2 Stars
Cinnamon Sticks 2 Sticks (extra to garnish)
Cloves 8 Cloves
Cardamom Pods 3 Pods
Orange Slices 4 Slices
Orange Juice 120ml
Pomegranate Juice 120ml
Runny Honey 2 tbsp
This makes a large pot perfect for a long afternoon or just enough to share for a chat. It's easy to get started, prepare the above ingredients ready at the hob for warming your brew.
Start with our wonderful Hibiscus Tea and fill two regular size tea bags with room for the leaves to expand. And separate out your spices, if your tastes prefer a strong brew or one particular flavour just adjust the ratios to suite you.
Boil 500ml of hot water in a pan and add the tea and spices, then gently simmer for 10 minutes and watch as the tea infuses.
You'll start to smell that wonderful sour taste coming through with those spices adding punches of flavour. Then add both the juices & orange slices and simmer for a further 15 minutes on low. Stir if you like but can be left happily too.
Strain the tea to remove the tea bags and spices and then pour back in to the pot along with the orange slices. Sweeten with a little honey and take your first taste and see what you think. Are you ready to serve?
You can serve with more orange slices, cinnamon sticks or fresh cranberries & pomegranate seeds if you like. Put it in a large pot to pour your own or ladle out of a warm bowl for you guests.
So what do you think? The perfect evening sip with a slice of Christmas treats? Or are your loving it for a morning motivating brew to get your counting down to Christmas.
And that's it.
All you need now is some of that lovely Hibiscus Tea.