Ginger Haymaker Punch
9 cup(s) water, divided
1/4 cup fresh ginger. minced
1/4 cup honey or pure maple syrup
1/4 cup molasses
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup cider vinegar
Fresh berries, mint sprigs or lemon slices for garnish
Combine 3 cups of water with the ginger in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and let infuse for 15 minutes.
Strain the ginger-infused water into a pitcher, pressing on the ginger solids to extract all the liquid. Add honey (or maple syrup) and molasses; stir until dissolved. Stir in lemon juice, vinegar and the remaining 6 cups of water. Chill until very cold, at least 2 hours or overnight.
Stir the punch and serve in tall glasses over ice cubes. Garnish with berries, mint sprigs or lemon slices, if desired.
Makes 6-8 servings.
Recipe by Joseph W., Flik Independent School Dining Chef Manager