Quench your thirst this hot summer and get all of the health benefits of Local, Louisiana Honey!
YIELD: Makes 5 to 6 servings
2 cups – boiling water
1/2 cup – dried hibiscus blossoms, or hibiscus tea
1 1/4 cup – Orange Blossom Honey Syrup, (recipe follows)
1 cup – orange juice, fresh squeezed
2 1/2 cups – cold water
ice cubes, for serving
1 bunch – mint leaves, fresh
orange peel, for garnish
For Orange Blossom Honey Syrup:
1 cup – orange blossom honey
1/4 cup – hot water
Pour boiling water over the hibiscus, cover and allow to steep for 30 minutes. During this time, make the orange blossom honey syrup: in a small saucepan, slowly bring honey and water to a boil. Remove from the heat and allow to cool (this can also be made ahead of time and refrigerated until use). Strain the hibiscus tea base into a 2-quart pitcher; add the orange blossom honey syrup, orange juice and cold water; stir until dissolved.
To serve: Pour 10 ounces of the punch into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes and 2 to 3 mint leaves; close tightly and shake. Pour into a tall glass; garnish with orange peel and fresh mint leaves. Serve immediately.