Sorrel Drink

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This easy-to-make Sorrel Drink recipe is refreshing, festive and unique. Jamaican Sorrel is floral and perfectly spiced, so it’s ideal for entertaining throughout the holiday season.

Suitable for gluten free and vegan diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

two glasses of Jamaican Sorrel Drink next to dried hibiscus.

As the holiday season rolls around, there’s one delightful Jamaican tradition that makes spirits bright and taste buds dance – the ever-popular Sorrel Drink.

This Jamaican sorrel drink recipe is a vibrant and aromatic beverage that is floral, yet warm and perfectly spiced. Let’s make it!

Sorrel Drink is a festive beverage served all over the Caribbean. Thanks to its ruby-red color it’s ideal for serving during the holidays. The unique flavor combination of sorrel and seasonal spices is warming to the soul, and sorrel Jamaican drink is sure to become a new favorite tradition.

Jamaican Sorrel Drink served in a glass with ice cubes and orange wedges

What is Sorrel Drink?

Sorrel is the Jamaican name for a type of hibiscus flower known as the Roselle. The flower imparts a refreshingly tart and slightly fruity note, giving the drink its distinctive character. It’s like a burst of Caribbean sunshine in every sip! Fresh ginger root brings a zingy, peppery kick, while the gentle earthy warmth of cloves adds a touch of aromatic intensity.

Made without alcohol, Sorrel drink is perfect for the whole family – kids included! If you need something just for grown-ups, my Sorrel Punch has the same base flavor of hibiscus, ginger, and cloves with the added kick of white Jamaican rum!

close up view of a glass filled with Jamaican sorrel drink

And, don’t limit yourself to the holidays. The red color of this sorrel drink recipe is perfect for Christmas, but it’s delightful all year round!

Why Make This Sorrel Drink Recipe

  • It’s a Caribbean tradition. Embrace the spirit of Jamaica’s holiday season by preparing a beverage that’s deeply ingrained in its cultural celebrations.
  • It has a unique flavor. The fusion of tanginess from dried sorrel petals, the warmth of ginger, and the aromatic touch of cloves give this drink a symphony of flavors like no other.
  • It can be enjoyed year-round. Whether you’re enjoying a sunny summer day or cozying up by the fireplace during the holidays, Sorrel Drink is versatile enough to be enjoyed throughout the year.

Related Link: Jamaican Rum Punch.

Ingredient Notes

  • Dried Sorrel – Sorrel (dried hibiscus) gives the drink its vibrant color and tangy flavor. You can find sorrel in African, Caribbean, and sometimes, Asian markets. If all else fails you can order some from an online retailer. The dried flowers last for quite a while when stored in an airtight Mason Jar.
  • Ginger – Freshly grated ginger adds a spicy warmth and depth to the drink. If you don’t have fresh ginger, you can use ground ginger, though the flavor may differ slightly.
  • Allspice Berries – Allspice contributes a unique blend of flavors reminiscent of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Cloves – Cloves provide an aromatic and slightly sweet note.
  • Orange Peel – Orange peel adds a hint of citrusy brightness to balance the tartness of the sorrel.
  • Simple Sugar Syrup or Maple Syrup to Sweeten: Without sweetener, the Sorrel drink is quite tart. Add simple syrup or maple syrup to sweeten the drink to taste. Find our simple syrup recipe below.
pieces of dried hibiscus used for making Jamaican Sorrel Drink.

How To Make Sorrel Drink

Get complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card further below.

  1. Boil water in a saucepan.
  2. Add in sorrel, ginger, berries, cloves, and orange peel.
  3. Let the mixture steep for about an hour in the pan.
  4. Meanwhile, make the simple syrup (follow my easy recipe below) and set aside.
  5. Strain sorrel juice into a pitcher and sweeten it to taste with simple syrup or maple syrup.
  6. Serve over ice and garnish with orange and lime wedges.
image collage showing the steps for making Jamaican sorrel drink

How To Make Simple Sugar Syrup

Making your own simple syrup is quite easy.

  1. Add 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water to a saucepan, and cook on low heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. As soon as the sugar is dissolved, remove the syrup from the heat and let it cool.

Note: For a thicker syrup, you can use a 2:1 ratio. Add 2 cups sugar and 1 cup of water to a saucepan, and cook until sugar is dissolved. If you do make a thicker syrup like this, note that you will need to use less of it in your drink. Store the leftover syrup in the fridge.

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Sorrel Drink Expert Tips

  • This recipe uses dried sorrel. If using fresh hibiscus, the drink will be a lighter red.
  • For a deeper red color, add a few more tablespoons of sorrel.
  • Before using the dried sorrel petals, give them a quick rinse to remove any dust or debris.
  • Be mindful of the steeping time for the spices. Over-steeping could result in a drink that’s overly spiced and bitter. Stick to the recommended time in the recipe.
  • Strain the mixture thoroughly after simmering to remove all the solids. This ensures a smooth and enjoyable texture.
  • Allow the strained sorrel mixture to cool to room temperature before refrigerating.
  • Sorrel Drink is traditionally served cold over ice. This helps balance the tartness and enhances the overall enjoyment.
  • Consider garnishing your glasses with fresh orange slices or a sprinkle of ground cinnamon for an extra festive touch.
  • When entertaining a crowd, simply double (or even triple) this recipe.
  • Prep the sorrel recipe ahead of time and just store in the fridge until needed.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut off the peel from an orange if you need to.

Delicious Variations on Sorrel Jamaican Drink

  • Make it into a grown-up punch. Add a grown-up twist by incorporating spiced rum or white rum into your Sorrel Drink. This version is perfect for adult holiday gatherings. Just remember to enjoy responsibly!
  • Add citrus notes. Enhance the citrusy notes by adding a splash of fresh lime or lemon juice along with the orange peel. This adds an extra layer of brightness to the drink.
  • Add a fresh mintiness. Add a handful of fresh mint leaves to the mixture during the steeping process. The mint complements the tartness of the sorrel and adds a refreshing herbal touch.
  • Give it a vanilla twist. For a touch of warmth and sweetness, consider adding a vanilla bean or a splash of pure vanilla extract to the mixture. Vanilla complements the other flavors beautifully.

Related Link: Non-Alcoholic Sangria

Prep And Storage

  • Prep – Make the drink in advance so it has time to steep and cool before serving.
  • Storage – Refrigerate in an airtight container and store for up to one week.
  • Freezing – Freezing is not recommended.

FAQs

What is sorrel drink made from?

Sorrel drink is made from dried hibiscus flowers, which are known as sorrel in the Caribbean. It’s typically flavored with spices like ginger, cloves, and allspice berries, and sweetened to taste.

Can I use fresh sorrel instead of dried?

While the traditional recipe uses dried sorrel petals, you can experiment with fresh sorrel petals if you have access to them. Keep in mind that the flavor and intensity might vary.

Can I use hibiscus tea bags instead of dried sorrel?

Yes, you can use hibiscus tea bags as a substitute for dried sorrel. Steep the tea bags in hot water, then follow the rest of the recipe using the steeped tea as your base.

Can I adjust the sweetness of sorrel Jamaican drink?

You can adjust the sweetness of the drink by adding more simple sugar syrup, maple syrup, or your chosen sweetener. Just be sure to mix it well.

Is sorrel drink served hot or cold?

Sorrel drink is traditionally served cold over ice. The cold temperature balances the tartness and enhances the refreshing aspect of the drink.

a glass filling with Jamaican Sorrel Drink set next to pieces of dried hibiscus

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Weight Watchers Points

There is 1 Blue Plan SmartPoint in a serving of this beverage.

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two glasses of Jamaican Sorrel Drink next to dried hibiscus.
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5 from 12 votes

Sorrel Drink

This drink is colorful, refreshing and so festive!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: African, American, Caribbean, Western
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 8
Calories: 24kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 8 cups (1.89 L) water
  • 2 cups (256g) dried sorrel
  • 1 two-inch piece of ginger peeled and grated
  • 1 teaspoon allspice berries
  • 4 cloves
  • orange peel
  • simple sugar syrup or maple syrup to sweeten

Instructions

  • Boil water in pot.
  • Add in sorrel, ginger, berries, cloves, and orange peel, and let steep for about 1 hour.
  • While mixture is steeping, make the sugar syrup.
  • Strain sorrel juice into a pitcher and sweeten with syrup, to taste.
  • Serve your drink over ice and garnish with orange and lime wedges.
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Notes

    • This recipe uses dried sorrel. If using fresh hibiscus, the drink will be a lighter red.
    • For a deeper red color, add a few more tablespoons of sorrel.
    • Before using the dried sorrel petals, give them a quick rinse to remove any dust or debris.
    • Be mindful of the steeping time for the spices. Over-steeping could result in a drink that’s overly spiced and bitter. Stick to the recommended time in the recipe.
    • Strain the mixture thoroughly after simmering to remove all the solids. This ensures a smooth and enjoyable texture.
    • Allow the strained mixture to cool to room temperature before refrigerating.
    • Sorrel Drink is traditionally served cold over ice. This helps balance the tartness and enhances the overall enjoyment.
    • Consider garnishing your glasses with fresh orange slices or a sprinkle of ground cinnamon for an extra festive touch.
    • When entertaining a crowd, simply double (or even triple) this recipe.
    • Prep it ahead of time and just store in the fridge until needed.
    • Use a sharp knife to cut off the peel from an orange if you need to.
    • Storage – Keep refrigerated up to one week.
    • There is 1 WW Blue Plan SmartPoint in a serving of this.

Nutrition

Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 5mg

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12 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I definitely recommend this recipe. The only thing that I do is I water it down because it’s too strong for me. Thanks for sharing.
    isha

  2. 5 stars
    This drink is so perfect for the holidays. I will definitely put it on the menu around Christmas time. Thank you so much for this recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. So many nice flavors. I must look for sorrel where I am. The blog post and tips are very helpful.

  4. I discovered sorrel only a few years ago. I look forward to this time of the year. I collect and dry the flowers for year round use.

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve never heard of sorrel before this but I love all the warm flavors. Such a warm drink.

  6. 5 stars
    what a delightful light drink! Putting this on our holiday happy hour menu! It passed our taste test!

  7. 5 stars
    I love the color, they are so pretty and so festive looking. This is going to be so perfect for Christmas. Thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚