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Ginger Iced Tea Punch

Prep Time:

10 minutes

Brew Time:

20 minutes

Yield:

2 quarts

Orange and ginger are a refreshing flavor duo, worthy of any party punch or a special dinner party.

Ingredients

  • 1 large navel orange
  • 1 4-inch piece fresh ginger
  • 5 cups cold water, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Luzianne® Family Size Iced Tea bags*
  • 4 cups chilled freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Orange spirals for garnish, if desired

Directions

  1. Using a vegetable peeler remove 4 long strips of zest from the orange. Reserve remaining orange for another use.
  2. Prepare citrus-ginger syrup: Coarsely chop the ginger (no need to peel). Add the orange zest, ginger, 1 cup water and sugar to a small saucepot. Stir. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until sugar is dissolved, about 90 seconds. Set aside to steep for 20 minutes. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the solids from the liquid, pressing on the solids with the back of a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard solids. Place syrup in refrigerator to cool.
  3. While the syrup is cooling make a strong tea. In a pitcher, steep 2 tea bags in 2 cups boiling water for 10 minutes.* Remove and discard tea bags. Add the 2 remaining cups water.
  4. Add the orange juice, and the reserved ginger-orange syrup to taste, ½ to 1 cup. Stir.
  5. Chill and serve over ice. Garnish with orange spirals, if desired.

To enjoy this as a cocktail punch replace the 2 cups of cold water at the end of the recipe with 2 cups chilled white tequila. *Alternatively, steep 2 bags of Luzianne® Cold Brew Iced Tea in 2 cups cold water for 10 minutes.