Sorrel Drink

Sorrel Drink Recipe

Introduction

Sorrel drink is a vibrant and refreshing beverage, popular in the Caribbean, especially during the holiday season.

It’s made from the sepals of the hibiscus flower, known as “sorrel” in the Caribbean, which is different from the sorrel plant found in Europe.

The European sorrel is a leafy green herb, while the Caribbean sorrel is a hibiscus variety.

This drink is flavored with spices like ginger, cloves, and cinnamon, resulting in a delightful tart and spicy flavor.

Whether served chilled or with a splash of rum, sorrel drink is a festive and delicious addition to any gathering.

Recipe: Sorrel Drink

Servings: 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dried sorrel (hibiscus) petals
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 large piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1-2 cups sugar (adjust to taste)
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Rum (optional, to taste)
  • Ice
  • Lime slices and fresh mint for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Boil the Ingredients:
    • In a large pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the dried sorrel petals, sliced ginger, cloves, and cinnamon sticks. Stir well.
  2. Steep:
    • Remove the pot from heat and cover. Let the mixture steep for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight, to allow the flavors to meld.
  3. Strain:
    • Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a large pitcher. Discard the solids.
  4. Sweeten and Flavor:
    • Add the sugar and lime juice to the strained liquid. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Adjust the sweetness to taste.
  5. Chill:
    • Refrigerate the sorrel drink until thoroughly chilled.
  6. Serve:
    • Serve the sorrel drink over ice, with an optional splash of rum for an adult version. Garnish with lime slices and fresh mint.

Why It Works:

  • Ginger and Cloves: Add a warm, spicy note that complements the tartness of the sorrel.
  • Cinnamon: Enhances the overall depth of flavor with its sweet, woody aroma.
  • Lime Juice: Provides a fresh, tangy brightness that balances the sweetness of the drink.

Tips for Perfect Sorrel Drink

  1. Steeping Time: Allow the sorrel petals to steep for an extended period to extract maximum flavor.
  2. Adjust Sweetness: Tailor the sweetness to your preference by adding more or less sugar.
  3. Optional Additions: For an adult version, add a splash of rum before serving.

Sorrel Drink

Recipe by Dan Bassil GourmetCourse: Herbal CocktailsCuisine: caribbeanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

2

hours 

Sorrel drink is a vibrant and refreshing beverage, popular in the Caribbean, especially during the holiday season.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried sorrel (hibiscus) petals

  • 8 cups water

  • 1 large piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced

  • 10 whole cloves

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 1-2 cups sugar (adjust to taste)

  • Juice of 2 limes

  • Rum (optional, to taste)

  • Ice

  • Lime slices and fresh mint for garnish

Directions

  • Boil the Ingredients:
  • In a large pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the dried sorrel petals, sliced ginger, cloves, and cinnamon sticks. Stir well.
  • Steep:
  • Remove the pot from heat and cover. Let the mixture steep for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight, to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Strain:
  • Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a large pitcher. Discard the solids.
  • Sweeten and Flavor:
  • Add the sugar and lime juice to the strained liquid. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Adjust the sweetness to taste.
  • Chill:
  • Refrigerate the sorrel drink until thoroughly chilled.
  • Serve:
  • Serve the sorrel drink over ice, with an optional splash of rum for an adult version. Garnish with lime slices and fresh mint.

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