Making Sorrel Juice using the Sorrel sepals
Sorrel Drink has been associated with the celebration of the Christmas season in Dominica for hundreds of years , it has earn its self the name “The Christmas Drink” partly due to its red Santa Claus- ish color and largely due to the time it produces the flowers sepals use for making sorrel juice as we call it locally.
Throughout the Caribbean Sorrel dink is prepared in many different ways but today I will be sharing with you how Sorrel drink is made on the Nature Island Dominica.
The following ingredients will make 2 litters of sorrel drink.
- 1lb Sorrel Sepals
- 1″ of Ginger
- 5 tbsp Sugar
- 2 liters of water
- 1 tsp cloves
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp lemon / orange peel
Add grated ginger to sorrel sepals then pour 2 litters of water into the pot and bring to rapid boil ( traditionally boiled on coals to add flavor).
While boiling, add your optionals ingredients to the mixture to personalize your sorrel drink if desired.
Allow your sorrel to boil for at lease 15mins, then remove from heat and cover to lock in the flavor.
Allow the sorrel mixture to cool off then use a fine strainer to separate the sorrel juice from the sorrel sepals.
At this point stir the sugar into the strained sorrel juice and add your optional dash of Run or wine to to preserve the drink and add to flavor.
Bottle your drink and store it in your refrigerator. Served cold with ice!