My husband loves sorrel so of I was going to make it this Christmas! Sorrel is a drink made and enjoyed during Christmas time from the flowers of a sorrel plant. The drink without added sugar is extremely sour due to the nature of the plant. I ate a lot of sorrel leaves growing up, I had a sour phase I guess. The flowers of the sorrel are boiled along with several aromatics, left to steep, sweetened, and enjoyed over ice alone or spiked!
I didn’t have access to fresh sorrel flowers so I used dried flowers which I found at a Spanish grocery store nearby.
Sorrel flower, bay leaf, orange peel, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and ginger is all you need to start the steeping process.
Add all the ingredients to a pot along with 11-14 cups of water and set to a boil. Boil for about 20 minutes, turn the heat off, add sugar, cover and leave to steep for a couple hours to intensify the flavor.
Strain the entire mixture. Removing everything but the liquid. Taste and add more water or sugar if needed.
Poor over ice and enjoy. I must admit, I had a few sorrel mimosas since making this. LOL!
- 4 – 5 ounces dried sorrel
- 1 piece of fresh ginger (1-2 inches)
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1-2 bay leaves
- 8-10 cloves
- 4-inch piece orange peel
- 11-14 cups of water
- 2-3 cups sugar (brown or white)
Bring the water to a boil and add everything but the sugar. Stir periodically, let simmer on low for 20 minutes. Turn the heat off, add sugar, stir until devolved and let steep (covered) for a couple hours. Strain the entire mixture so that only the liquid is left. Taste and add more sugar or water if needed. Enjoy over ice. This drink also makes the perfect chaser!