Chinese Herbal Mocktail Zen Elixir
This holiday season, consider a mocktail infused with traditional Chinese herbal medicine.
2 tablespoons dried hibiscus flowers
1 tablespoon dried mint leaves
1 tablespoon dried chrysanthemum flowers
1 tablespoon dried goji berries
1 teaspoon dried orange peel
1 slice of dried licorice root
1 tablespoon honey (adjust to taste)
Fresh mint leaves for garnish
Boil 3 cups of water in a pot.
Add hibiscus flowers, mint leaves, chrysanthemum flowers, goji berries, orange peel, and licorice root to the boiling water.
Allow the herbs to simmer for 10-15 minutes, extracting their flavors.
Strain the herbal mixture into a pitcher and let it cool.
Stir in honey until dissolved.
Refrigerate the herbal concentrate until chilled.
To serve, fill glasses with ice cubes, pour the herbal concentrate over the ice, and top up with sparkling water.
Garnish each glass with fresh mint leaves.
Hibiscus Flowers: Packed with antioxidants, hibiscus may contribute to heart health and lower blood pressure.
Mint Leaves: Known for its digestive properties, mint can provide a refreshing and soothing element.
Chrysanthemum Flowers: Cooling chrysanthemum may assist in relieving stress and promoting relaxation.
Goji Berries: Rich in nutrients, goji berries are believed to support the immune system and overall health.
Orange Peel: Adds a citrusy twist and provides vitamin C, which is essential for immune support.
Licorice Root: Adds sweetness and may have anti-inflammatory properties.
Serve a Zen Elixir at your gathering for a refreshing and health-conscious alternative to alcoholic drinks.
Cheers to well-being!