The Laureate

 Ingredients:

4 orange slices
40 whole cloves
1 1/2 cups water
1/3 cup dried hibiscus flowers
4 small bay leaves
1 cup añejo tequila (such as Gran Centenario)
4 tablespoons agave nectar

 

Preparation:

Stud each orange slice with 10 cloves. Bring 1 1/2 cups water to simmer in small saucepan. Remove from heat. Add hibiscus flowers; cover and let steep 2 minutes. Strain hibiscus tea into measuring cup; cover to keep hot. Run 4 brandy snifters under hot water until snifters are warm. Place 1 clove-studded orange slice and 1 bay leaf into each snifter; pour 1/4 cup tequila, then 1/4 cup hot hibiscus tea into each. Stir 1 tablespoon agave nectar into each. Serve.