Spiced Mandarin Orange punch puts the zing in any party

Delicious and tangy, this spiced Mandarin Orange punch makes the party.

Mandarin oranges are symbolic of riches and, when given as a gift, it is a wish for a bountiful year ahead.

Mandarin Oranges are packed with Vitamin C and hesperidin. In fact, Mandarin Oranges contain more hesperidin than even oranges and lemons.

What is that you ask? Hesperidin works together with Vitamin C to support healthy collagen formation. In other words, Mandarin Oranges can keep you looking and feeling young. Yay, to less wrinkles.

With that as an incentive, let’s get juicing, especially if you have leftover fruit lying around and a party over the weekend.

Ingredients
• 3 (2 cups) Mandarin oranges, peeled and juiced
• 250ml (1 cup) of water
• 1 star anise
• 3 slices of ginger
• 1/2 cinnamon stick
• 2 teaspoons honey
• Ice

Method
• On medium heat, pour water into a pot. Add in the spices and heat till water comes to a boil. This will take about 10 minutes. Set aside.
• Divide the spiced water between two glasses. Put in some ice and pour the freshly squeezed mandarin juice over it.
• Stir in a teaspoon of honey in each glass and voila! It’s ready to be served.

Drink up!

Tips:

• Stop the juice from getting bitter by removing the seeds from the oranges before putting the orange slices into the juicer.
• Feel free to experiment and add a couple of other spices to the mix such as cloves.
• Turn this juice into a warm comforting drink. Once the spiced water has boiled for 10 minutes, turn off the heat and pour in the two cups of freshly squeezed Mandarin Orange juice. Stir and pour into two glasses.

This article first appeared in butterkicap.com

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