Ayurvedic Christmas punch

This Ayurvedic Christmas punch offers a delightful blend of warming spices and citrusy notes, perfect for bringing comfort and balance to your festive gatherings. Enjoy its rejuvenating flavors!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water
  • 1-inch/2,5 cm piece of fresh ginger, sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 4-5 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 1-2 tablespoons dried hibiscus flowers or 2 hibiscus tea bags
  • 1-2 tablespoons jaggery or honey (adjust to taste)
  • Juice of 2 oranges
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)
  • Slices of orange or lemon for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a gentle boil.
  2. Add the juice of the orange, sliced ginger, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and crushed cardamom pods to the boiling water.
  3. Reduce the heat and let the spices simmer for about 10-15 minutes to infuse the water with their flavors.
  4. If using dried hibiscus flowers, add them to the simmering water. Let it steep for 5 minutes. If using hibiscus tea bags, steep them in the hot water according to package instructions.
  5. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Strain the spiced tea mixture, discarding the spices.
  6. Stir in jaggery while the tea is still warm to help it dissolve completely (when using honey let it cool down a bit).
  7. Add the freshly squeezed lemon juice to the tea and stir well.
  8. Before serving, add fresh mint leaves for a touch of aroma and garnish each glass with a slice of orange or lemon if desired.
  9. Drink warm or allow the spiced tea to cool to room temperature.