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Ginger Spiced Cocktail (Virgin)

A refreshing healthy virgin cocktail you'll be happy to drink. Full of warm spices and fresh flavor boosters, this cocktail mix can be made ahead and ready to go when you are!
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ginger, virgin cocktails
Servings: 8 2 ounce servings
Author: Kiki Simpson, Healthy Sexy Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups orange juice, fresh squeezed about 8 oranges
  • 8-10 strips orange peel from 2 oranges
  • 10 ounces ginger, peeled and sliced about 10 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 tablespoon cloves, whole
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds optional
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds optional
  • 1-2 star anise optional
  • 2 limes juiced - peel some strips of rind for garnish if desired
  • 2-3 tablespoons honey local, if possible

Instructions

  • Put all ingredinets into a saucepan (except for lime juice and honey) and bring to a boil.
  • Turn heat down and simmer gently for 45 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Strain out the solids.  If using right away, add the juice of 2 limes and 2-3 tablespoons of honey, depending on how sweet you want it.  Mix well.  If making ahead, wait until you are ready to use it to add the lime juice and honey.
  • Pour into a glass jar or small pitcher and chill. When serving, pour over ice and top with seltzer or mineral/sparkling water in about a 1:3 ratio (1 part mix to 3 parts water).  I used 2 ounces of mix with about 5 or 6 ounces sparkling water. Stir.
  • Garnish with orange peel and edible flower or a mint sprig.

Notes

Mix can be kept in refrigerator for up to 5 days.