"Christmas is coming"
Alcohol or no alcohol? When it comes to sorrel that is the question. In Jamaica sorrel was once a drink only consumed during the Christmas season as the plant becomes available around November. Thanks to the Jamaican beverage company Tru-juice, sorrel drink can be had all year round. However don’t be fooled, their mass produced version while good, is nowhere near the rich taste of a batch of home-made sorrel.
The sorrel or roselle pods are saturated in almost like a red dye. The pods are washed and steeped in boiling water over night with ginger, strained and mixed with sugar and alcohol. Its quite the debate as to what ingredients are best in sorrel, some people add white rum, stones ginger wine, red label wine, even all spice berries (ewww). In my opinion, alcohol masks the natural and delicious tart flavor of the sorrel. So my recipe does not include alcohol. The ingredients are simple and easy. The drink is very refreshing, its easy to see why this is one of the most loved holiday drinks.
Makes apx 40 servings
Ingredients (printable recipe)
2 lb Fresh sorrel
1 lb ginger
10 quarts boiling water
3.5 to 4 lb sugar
3.5 to 4 lb sugar
This batch will fill two 4 liter jugs and one 2 liter bottle
- Wash sorrel pods, place in a metal container or pot
- Boil water, pour over sorrel
- Grate ginger into mixture and stir
- Cover and leave to steep overnight even up to 2 days
- Strain and discard the pods
- Add enough sugar till you have reached your desired sweetness
- Bottle and refrigerate
- A splash of rum in each serving is optional
- The longer the sorrel soaks the richer the drink will be
- Soak for a minimum of 6 hours.
- You can also mix the sorrel alcohol free and add the alcohol to the individual servings.
- If your using the Dried sorrel the same rules apply, only they are more than likely washed before they are dried, so just go right to soaking.