I tell you, there’s nothing like some homemade Sorrel Drink. You will love this juice if you’re a fan of exotic bold-tasting juice. If you brew the sorrel leaves right, you’ll never have to look for the ready-made sorrel drink concentrate again.
Sorrel drink is an amazing drink that is popular in Mexico, Carribean, and some parts of Africa. This is one of the drinks that bring back a lot of childhood memories. The fragrance and taste of this juice are both very strong and fruity and the color is also very beautiful – deep rich red color.
The sorrel juice is exhilarating on the tongue. It has a rich pleasant piercingly tart flavor that you can sweeten to your preferred taste. It tastes a lot like tart cherry juice, with a bit of cranberry. It is also great as a hot tea or as a chilled juice beverage (Iced tea)
How to make Sorrel Juice
There are many versions of the sorrel drink. One of the most common ones is made with vibrant ingredients like Ginger root, cloves, and/or allspice. All you have to do is to put the sorrel leaves, Cloves, Allspice, and Ginger in the hot boiling water and let it come to a boil again. The leaves will become wilted and they release their bright cherry red color in the water.
Take it off the heat and leave to steep for at least 30 minutes. You can as well leave it overnight. Strain the juice and discard the pulp.
My first rendition, I added some Pineapple juice and sugar. You can as well use any other sweetener of your choice. The resulting flavor is amazing – it’s the perfect blend of tart and sweet, all while not being overpowering.
For my second version, I have modified the recipe by adding sparkling water to kick it up a notch. The addition of the sparkling water gives the sorrel juice a mild fizz and makes it a bit more festive and more exotic.
You can use the leftover leaves for one more batch but this time around you can reduce the amount of Liquid you’ll use.
On the average one cup of dry Sorrel buds will require about 5 cups of water. However, this quantity may vary a little bit depending on how dry your sorrel buds are. You will be able to get more juice from the dryer buds.
You can choose to make the flavor more intense by adding more sorrel leaves, but I personally like a medium-light strength.
**The botanical name of Sorrel is Hibiscus sabdariffa L. that is why it’s often confused with hibiscus flower however, they are two totally different plants. Sorrel also goes by several names: Roselle, Zobo and rose mallow.
- 1 cup Sorrel Sorrell leaves
- 2 Cups Water
- 3 Cups Sparkling Water
- 1 Cup Pineapple Juice
- 1/2 Sugar Stevia, Honey etc.
- 1 Teaspoon Mustard Seed
- 1 Teaspoon Allspice
- 1 Teaspoon whole Cloves
- 1 Tablespoon Ginger Root Grated
- Rinse the Sorrel leaves with cool Tap Water
- Combine the Water, Sorrel leaves, Mustard seeds, allspice, cloves, and Ginger and let it come to a boil
- Take it off the heat and allow it to steep for about 30 minutes. Strain the Juice and discard the pulp.
- Add the pineapple juice and sugar. Mix well
- Serve Chilled and Enjoy.
- Add a bottle of sparkling water and sugar (or any sweetener of your choice). Mix well and serve chilled.
- Add a bottle of sparkling wine and sugar (or any sweetener of your choice) if necessary. Mix well and serve chilled.
If you make this sorrel drink recipe, I’d love to see pictures of your creations on Instagram and Facebook.#cheflolaskitchen