nutritional information

Per 1-cup serving:

  • Calories: 33
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Total Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Sugar: 8 g
Vegan Gluten-Free

Sorrel Drink

Sorrel Drink

Makes 1 quart

Red hibiscus flowers are a common ingredient in ruby-hued herbal tea bags, such as Celestial Seasonings' Red Zinger.
Sorrel Drink
  • 3 cups dried sorrel or red hibiscus flowers, or 5 Red Zinger tea bags
  • 1 4-inch cinnamon stick
  • 10 whole cloves
  • ¼ tsp. crushed allspice
  • 2 3-inch pieces peeled fresh ginger
Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

1. To make Sorrel Drink: Bring all ingredients and 4 cups water to a boil in saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 10 minutes. Cool, strain, and chill.

2. To make Simple Syrup: Bring sugar and water to a boil in small saucepan. Stir to dissolve sugar, and simmer 1 minute. Cool.

3. Pour Sorrel Drink over ice. Serve with pitcher of Simple Syrup for guests to sweeten drinks to taste.

June 2008 p.78

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comments

Could I use hibiscus powder to make this?

Sarah - 2013-01-23 23:15:28

Sorrel, the leafy garden herb, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorrel) should not be confused with Roselle, a specific species of Hibiscus, called Sorrel in the Caribbean http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roselle_(plant) This is may or may not the same type of hibiscus found in Red Zinger. If you want to be sure you're getting Roselle, get sorrel from a Latino or Caribbean market. Either way, hibiscus beverages are delicious.

Karlene - 2012-09-25 20:33:27

I love Sorrel and buy it frozen , it looks alot like sapnich when it is bought this way.. dont know if you can get this in the states [ Im in Hungary] I have friends there though who might want to get some, so you mentioned you can just go t oa nursery and buy it, or hte seed? sounds great!

Wataru - 2012-08-20 22:15:25

I also add lime. I've been making this for years and always a winner at parties. I've also been known to add spiced rum for adult parties. Yum!

Camille - 2011-07-19 22:01:15

I am from the Caribbean where sorrel drink is a favorite during December. Here is another way to do it: Bring the water and the ginger to a boil. Wash and add sorrel. Remove from heat and let stand covered for four hours. Strain and sweeten to taste. Refrigerate or serve over ice. This makes a very healthful and refreshing drink.

DeePee - 2010-12-04 08:29:27

Suggestion: try stevia as a much healthier sweetener than sugar.

Kat - 2010-06-19 15:41:22

Agua fresca, Great

RICK - 2010-06-19 13:26:28

I tried this recipie and sub the sugar with sweet and low. The dring was great. I am diabetic and am trying different things to keep my blood sugars low and energy high. thanks

Chuck - 2010-06-19 02:39:26

i have wild sorrel in my garden, a sort of shield shaped leaf that tastes of lemon, so how do i use it?

penny@leese.dk - 2009-05-27 11:03:30

I am from the Caribbean I now drink sorrel without sweetner.Just add more ginger and allspice and let it rest for a day in the refrigerator before serving.

Melva - 2011-07-21 21:20:31