Sorrel Drink

Sorrel Drink

 Sorrel Drink


  • 8 ounces dried sorrel
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (each approximately 3 inches long)
  • 1 piece orange peel (fresh or dried, approximately 3 by 1-inch)
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 10 -12 cups water
  • 1 12 cups sugar (or more to taste. Granulated will give a better colour.)

Adult version:

  •  14 cup rum (or more, to your taste)
  • 12 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 14 teaspoon ground cloves


  • Bring 10 cups of water to a boil then add the sorrel, sugar, cinnamon stick, whole cloves and orange peel and stir continuously while the mixture boils for one minute.
  • Cool and cover with foil or plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature to steep for 2 hours or overnight.
  • Taste for strength and sweetness. If it is too potent, add water or if too tart add more sugar. Strain the liquid through a fine sieve into a jar and refrigerate. (Discard the spices left in the sieve). NB. The sorrel will stain so use a non-reactive glass jar or bowl. Don’t use plastic.
  • For the adult version:
  • Add the rum. Cool and strain through a fine sieve into a jar. Discard the spices left in the sieve.

Garnish to your heart’s desire.

Ice cold Sorrel in glass
Ice cold Sorrel in glass


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