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Sorrel Not Sorrel

sorrel and Cawston Press ginger beer

I’ve become obsessed with Sorrel lately. Having found a source for dried hibiscus in my neighborhood, I always have a quart in my fridge. Usually, I just mix a bit of Sorrel with club soda and that’s that. When I want to get fancy, I’ll break out the bitters.

As I brew my Sorrel with fresh ginger, it occurred to me that ginger beer could possibly be a great mixer. My other recent obsession is the sparkling drinks from Cawston Press. A grocery across from my apartment stocks most of the line and I’ve been working my way through their selection. My first experience was with Cawston Press’ ginger beer. It’s a solid brew – not the best ginger beer I’ve had but definitely top ten – with the additional twist of apple juice. It’s a nice clean ginger beer lacking in the heat department put exceedingly smooth. Plus – it mixes beautifully with Sorrel.

This will most certainly be my go-to drink while grilling this summer, but also makes a nice cozy winter warmer.

fresh Sorrel drink, Cawston Press Ginger Beer, ice
Makes 1 drink

Take a 12oz glass. Add a couple ice cubes. Measure 4oz of Sorrel into the glass. Top with ginger beer. Gently stir to mix.

1 cup sorrel
3 cinnamon sticks (3-inch sticks)
½ tsp whole cloves
1 orange peel
1 3-inch piece of ginger, peeled & grated
5 cups water

Combine everything in a non-reactive saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat & simmer 30 minutes – stirring occasionally. Let cool. Strain and pour into a bottle. Keep in refrigerator. 

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