Savor the versatility of our sorrel drink, ideal for any time, and a hit at Christmas—a tangy, spiced, and vegan-friendly beverage to brighten your day.
This unique but simple drink is a real all-rounder, perfect as a warming winter treat or a cool summer sip. It's inspired by the zesty vibes of our pineapple tea and the cozy, inviting flavors typical of fall and winter.
Whether you're curling up under a blanket or lounging in the sunshine, this beverage combines seasonal tastes with our flair for fun and flavorful combinations.
💚 Why you will love this recipe
- Versatile & Customizable
- Fresh & Pantry-Friendly Ingredients
- Perfect for Any Season
- Cost-effective with Generous Yield
- Rich in Spice & Fruit Flavors
- Refreshingly Delicious
- Fantastic health benefits
- Waist friendly
The ingredients that make this versatile beverage SO good are:
- Dried Sorrel flowers (hibiscus): impart a unique, tangy flavor and a vibrant red hue, making them the star of this drink.
- Apples: Add a natural sweetness and a subtle fruity aroma.
- Orange: brings a citrusy zing and enhances the overall freshness of the beverage.
- Cinnamon stick: Infuses a warm, spicy note that complements the tangy sorrel beautifully.
- Ginger: Contribute a sharp, peppery taste and an invigorating kick.
- Star anise flowers: Lend a distinctive licorice-like flavor, adding depth to the drink's profile.
- Whole cloves: Introduce a bold, aromatic essence that enriches the drink's complexity.
This is a highly customizable drink, and we love playing with different spices and fruits for a change; here are some of our favorite ones:
- Allspice berries or Juniper berries
- Dried fruit: Handful of raisins, sultanas, cranberries, and/or prunes.
- Fresh Sorrel flowers: use a 3X ratio to dried hibiscus flowers. See expert notes.
- Apples: Pears can be used for a different but equally sweet and fruity flavor.
- Oranges: Tangerines or grapefruits offer a similar citrusy profile with varying sweetness and tartness. I also like substituting oranges for organic pineapple rinds.
- Cinnamon stick: Ground cinnamon can be used, though it may slightly alter the texture.
- Ginger: Ground ginger has a similar flavor but is less intense and fresh. Allspice is also a great sub.
- Star anise flowers: Fennel seeds can be a substitute, offering a similar licorice-like taste.
- Cloves: Ground cloves can be used, but be cautious with the quantity as they are more concentrated.
Big pot and a strainer.
To make this unique drink, start by washing your fresh ingredients thoroughly.
Step 1: Slice ginger, quarter apples, and halve oranges.
Step 2: Add all the fresh fruit and spices to a large pot, followed by filtered water.
Step 3: Put a lid on and boil for 20 minutes; then take off the heat and leave it to room temperature for a cold drink.
Step 4: If enjoying it as a hot drink, strain immediately and serve.
Add ice cubes and orange wedges, and enjoy!
💡 Expert Tips
Using fresh sorrel flowers?
Clean the flowers thoroughly under running water. Make sure you are using the largest pot you have since fresh sorrel flowers are way larger than dried hibiscus leaves.
Remove the flower's seeds and keep the flesh apart.
Follow the recipe instructions, incorporating the sorrel flowers into the boiling water and tripling the recommended weight of dried hibiscus as specified.
Let the boiled ingredients steep for about 2 hours if you're not in a rush to ensure your drink bursts with flavor every time. This extended steeping time allows all the spices and fruits to infuse deeply, creating a more intense and well-rounded flavor profile. Patience is key here – the longer you let it linger, the more robust and satisfying the taste will be.
Spiced applesauce for Zero Waste
After straining, don't discard the boiled apple pieces. Instead, transform them into a delicious spiced applesauce; its going to be pink and delicious! I love adding it to my lemon-blueberry overnight oats, thick smoothies, and breakfast fruit bowl.
Place the leftover apples in a vase or deep container and use an immersion blender to puree them. The apples, already infused with the delightful spices from the drink, will create a flavorful and aromatic applesauce. This maximizes your ingredients and adds a delightful, zero-waste treat to your menu.
Pineapple Rind Variation: Swap out the oranges and instead use pineapple peels, adding a tropical twist to the drink; we call it Pineapple Hibiscus Tea.
Simplified Version: Keep it straightforward by using just cinnamon, orange or lime, ginger, and your choice of fresh sorrel or dried hibiscus flowers, focusing on these key flavors for a more minimalist approach.
Another simple Caribbean version: use only bay leaves and cloves. Add them during boiling.
Citrus Burst: Introduce a mix of lemon and grapefruit juice in place of orange juice, giving the drink an extra citrusy kick and a refreshing tang.
Smoothie Twist: Transform the drink into a delicious and festive smoothie by blending 1 cup of leftover rice with a cup of plant milk. Chill it with ice for a creamy, refreshing experience.
🥢 How to serve
As said before, we have this drink in many ways, and each has its charm.
Chilled with Orange: Serve this drink cold, garnished with a fresh wedge of orange. Add an optional sweetener to enhance the flavors, perfect for a refreshing summer day.
Warm and Spiced: Enjoy this beverage hot, infused with a cinnamon stick or star anise. This method brings out the deep, warm spices, ideal for cozy winter evenings.
Boozy Jamaican Twist: Add a jigger of rum, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and ice cubes to transform it into a spirited Jamaican drink, perfect for lively gatherings or a relaxing evening.
Mexican Mezcalita: Give it a Mexican flair by adding lime and a jigger of mezcal, ice cubes, rim the glass with tajin*, and create a unique mezcalita (a margarita drink made with mezcal instead of tequila) that's sure to be a conversation starter.
*Tajin is a Mexican condiment made of blended chiles de árbol, guajillo and pasilla, and commonly used on popular drinks like Margaritas and Micheladas.
In the Fridge: Store your in an airtight container or a glass jar in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh and flavorful for up to a week. When you're ready to enjoy it again, simply pour it into a glass if serving cold, or gently reheat it in a saucepan over low heat for a warm treat.
Freezing and Reheating: For longer storage, freeze the drink in an airtight container or ice cube trays. When you're ready to enjoy it, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat gently in a saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally until warm. This method is perfect for savoring the flavors even out of season.
Meal Prep Option: Prepare a large batch at the start of the week and portion it into individual serving containers. This way, you have a ready-to-go, homemade beverage for each day, saving time and ensuring you always have a healthy, delicious drink on hand.
Sorrel is known for its high vitamin C content and antioxidants. It may aid in boosting immunity and promoting healthy skin.
You can sweeten the drink naturally by adding more apples or a bit of natural sweeteners like agave syrup or maple syrup.
Absolutely! Just ensure it's non-alcoholic and not too spicy for young palates. It's a fun, healthy alternative to sugary drinks.
Fresh sorrel flowers, often used in various culinary preparations, are typically available in November through early February. This is when they are at their peak in the Caribbean, offering the best flavor and quality for recipes like this.
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Caribbean Sorrel Drink Recipe
- ½ cup granulated monk fruit or your favorite sweetener
- 3 oz raisins or cranberries
- 1 pineapple rinds
- 1 jigger rum aprox ⅕ cup per serving
- Prep Produce: Begin by thoroughly washing all the produce. This ensures cleanliness and removes any residual dirt.
- Slice and Quarter: Next, slice the ginger into thin pieces and quarter the apples. No need to peel them, as the skin adds extra flavor.
- Combine Ingredients: In a large saucepan, combine the dried sorrel, sliced ginger, and quartered apples. Juice the oranges and add the fresh juice to the saucepan. Now, sprinkle in your chosen spices for that extra zing.
- Add Water: Pour the filtered water into the saucepan, ensuring all the ingredients are well submerged.
- Boil and Simmer: Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat and let it simmer gently for about 20 minutes. This process extracts all the flavors from the ingredients.
- Sweeten (Optional): If you prefer a sweeter drink, now is the time to add your chosen sweetener. Stir well to dissolve.
- For a Hot Drink: After simmering, strain the mixture to remove the solids. Serve the hot, flavorful drink in cups, perhaps with a cinnamon stick for garnish.
- For a Cold Drink: If you're not in a rush, let the mixture steep for a while after simmering – the longer it sits, the more intense the flavors. Once it reaches room temperature, add ice cubes to chill. Serve in glasses garnished with orange wedges for a refreshing touch.
Adjust sweetener according to taste.
Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
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