SORREL DRINK (Caribbean drink)

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Sorrel is a typical drink made religiously at Christmas time in the Trinidad and Tobago although no one is restricted to making it at Christmas time only ;)  

Sorrel is made from the sepals of the Sorrel Flowers….and it is said sorrel is a type of Hibiscus .   

RECIPE

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Fresh Sorrel 

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Dried Sorrel

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You can use the Dried or Fresh Sorrel

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. fresh sorrel or 1 bag dried sorrel  
  • 11 cups water
  • 1 to 2 cups sugar (sweeten to taste )
  • 10 cloves
  • 1 stick cinnamon ( i used some mixed spice in substitute of the cinnamon) 
  • 1tsp grated ginger 
For Fresh sorrel
  1. Clean the sorrel to remove any old leaves and bugs that may have snuck in there
  2. Separate the sepals from the seed by cutting a round circle just below the ‘spines’. Note: Don’t touch the seeds with your bare hands! There are some fine ‘hairs’ that will penetrate the skin and makes for a rather uncomfortable experience.
  3. Wash thoroughly 
For both the DRIED and FRESH
  1. Place all ingredients except sugar in a tall pot. This is important as the mixture tends to froth and bubble up
  2. Boil for approx 20 minutes or until the sepals looks whitish
  3. Turn off heat, cover and allow to steep for at least 5 hours ,however overnight is preferred. 
  4. Strain the mixture and add sugar to taste 
  5. enjoy a glass before bottling the rest!
NOTE : You can add more cinnamon and cloves for a more ‘spiced  flavour’ ,some people also add dried orange peel when boiling. And if you want an Alcoholic Alternative, always add some dark rum or vodka to taste :).

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