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4 hrs 3 mins
Not to be confused with the vegetable of the same name from temperate countries, sorrel is a favourite West Indian drink for Christmas and New Year. Actually it’s more of a spiced, iced tea, as the juice is drawn from the red sepals of the Roselle plant (Hibiscus sabdariffa) which is commonly called sorrel in the Caribbean. This drink is a favourite with children to whom the task of ‘picking’ sorrel (removing the red sepals from the prickly seed) is often given. The drink is usually prepared in two batches with one batch being spiked with rum for the adults. The drink needs a lot of sugar to temper the tartness of the fruit but to my mind it should not be made thick and sweet, for then it becomes sickly and cloying although some like it this way, so feel free to vary the ingredient amounts to suit your taste. Usually served chilled with ice but I had a German friend tell me that this drink reminded her of mulled wine so I imagine it could also be served warm.
My Private Note
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- 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 1/2 cups sugar (or more to taste. Granulated will give a better colour.)
Grown up version
- 1In a non-corrosive pot, 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.
- 2Cool and cover with foil or plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature to steep for 2 hours or overnight. I have seen recipes that say let it steep for 2 -3 days but quite frankly in my household we can never wait that long to drink this!
- 3Taste 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.
- 4For the adult version:.
- 5In a non-corrosive pot, 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.
- 6Add the rum. Cool and strain through a fine sieve into a jar. Discard the spices left in the sieve.
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Nutritional Facts for Sorrel Drink (Trinidad)
Serving Size: 1 (273 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 10
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 129.5
- Calories from Fat 0
- Total Fat 0.0 g
- Saturated Fat 0.0 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 4.9 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 30.1 g
- Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
- Sugars 29.9 g
- Protein 0.0 g
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