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8 cups water
2 cups dried sorrel (4 cups fresh sorrel)
1 2-inch piece ginger, sliced
1 orange, halved and sliced
1 lime, sliced in wedges
5 allspice berries
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup organic cane sugar, or sweetener of choice to taste
Pour water into a large pot and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat. Then add the sorrel, ginger, orange, lime, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, and sugar.
Remove the pot from the heat and allow everything to steep for 1-2 hours. You can also steep it in the refrigerator overnight.
Strain using a fine-mesh strainer and discard the solids. Pour the drink into a pitcher and adjust sweetness to taste using your favorite sweetener.
Serve drink over ice and enjoy!
For an alcoholic version, add an ounce of rum to a glass and top with the sorrel drink.
This drink can also be served warm as a cider with extra ginger.
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on the products used in the recipe.
Tips and Tricks
You can find dried sorrel in most supermarkets. But definitely in African, Caribbean, Hispanic, and Asian markets.
You can replace the sugar with sugar-free substitutes like erythritol, sucralose, and stevia to make it guilt-free.
Let it steep overnight for a bolder flavor before straining.
Dried vs. Fresh – If you can get fresh sorrel, use twice as much as the recipe calls for because drying concentrates the flavor and reduces its size.
Use a double sieve by lining the strainer with cheesecloth to catch tiny particles.
Be careful in handling our sorrel mixture as it stains anything it falls on. (blackpeoplesrecipes)