Sorrel Tea

Sorrel tea is the yin to mulled wines yang. Mulled wine evokes images of warm festive sipping by the cozy fireplace in snow-covered cabins. Sorrel tea, on the other hand, is served cold and glows with deep ruby red clarity that sparkles in the Caribbean sun. It is brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar - lots of sugar. The culminating taste is more complex than a sun tea and slightly sweeter than traditional lemonade. It is often served with rum (10 Cane anyone?) which can be added at the last minute making it a versatile unique signature cocktail that graciously accommodates the non-alcohol drinking guests. If a theme of sorrel tea drinks appeals, consider an alcoholic or non-alcoholic sorrel tea served alongside lemonade. The strikingly different hues nicely complement one another.

Sorrel offers unlimited possibilities. Mix beer with one part sorrel tea to create a Shandy Sorrel, an instantly refreshing drink. The Carib Brewery in Trinidad (known for their deliciously light and refreshing lager, aptly named Carib) produces several flavors of shandy - sorrel being the best. It is pleasant and oh so sweet, and has the most marvelous floral aroma. When boiled down to a syrup, sorrel reduction can be incorporated into cooking glazes or used as delicious additions for drink mixers. Try a sorrel martini, or a sorrel mohito. Can sorrel daiquiris be far behind? Scoops of sorrel granita can be incorporated beautifully into a frozen drink mix.

Sorrel finds its way into cooking in a variety of ways. Try Sorrel Sorbet, a wonderful way to end a long meal. Or make a delicious syrup from sorrel and serve over goat cheese ice cream, simple, yet amazing. Want to end the meal with a cheese sauce? Swap quince paste with a paste made for sorrel, a truly unique accompaniment to mild cheeses. Tarte de Chocolat with sorrel ice cream is a richly decadent dessert. The sorrel’s savory and complex kick balances the dense, rich, bittersweet chocolate.

Sorrel is actually the leaves and bedles from the hibiscus plant (Hibiscus sabdariffa), a native to the Old World Tropics. The first stage of boiling brings out the bitter flavor that necessitates the sugar to offset. Sorrel has long been tauted for its anti-hypertensive properties, and has been known to be used as a diuretic. Some even say it has been used in the treatments of nerve diseases and certain types of cancer. Folklore suggests it is a male aphrodisiac. A little something for everyone, no?

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Sorrel Tea is an easy and fun way to DIY. If you are looking for more, check out this information and a recipe for Red Sorrel Punch.


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