Get ready for this, an alcohol-free drink! I ended up having way too much to drink the week leading up to this gathering. Melody and I ended up talking into the early hours of the morning and making it through a few bottles of wine on Saturday. I could not even think of touching alcohol this week.
Every once in a while I like to take a break, reset my body and focus on hydration. This week Melody and I agreed to drop the alcohol and focus on an easy refreshing drink.
Juice from 2 Oranges
Juice from ½ Lemon
1 ½ C Water
2 Tbsp Honey
5 Tsp Freshly Grated Ginger
1 Chamomile Tea Bag
½ C Juice
Top with Tonic
All because I was not going to make a full-fledged cocktail did not mean that I wanted to skip out on the opportunity to combine some fantastic flavors.
Begin by cutting your oranges in half. I wanted to add a charred flavor to my juice so using tongs we are going to let them sit atop an open flame on our stove. Let the flame caramelize the natural sugars in the oranges and char around the edges.
Once cool, squeeze the juice into a saucepan. Return the skins of the orange to the flame to char the porous flesh. The heat of the flame will open those pores and release the oils from the skin.
Place the warmed skins in the pot with our juice to steep. Add water, honey, lemon juice, and freshly grated ginger. I keep ginger in my freezer for easy access.
Let simmer for about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and add a tea bag and steep for five minutes.
Remove tea bag and orange skins. Transfer juice to an airtight container to store in the fridge. The fresh juice will keep for a couple of days.
For each drink fill a tall glass with ice, about ½ C of juice and top with bubbly tonic. Sit back and relax, and enjoy.