December 25th may have come and gone, but we love Christmas! So in our house we are still in Christmas mode and will be this way for a couple more weeks.
One of the things I truly love at Christmas is the seasonal treats like Sorrel. Also known as Hibiscus in some places. It is mostly seen fresh around Christmas time and is a Caribbean Christmas staple.
Although it is available dried throughout the year, I still prefer it fresh. While it is in season, I make the most of it and make it in lots of my dishes.
Many people believe that it can only be used for juice, but we have taken it and used it in some fun ways. And I couldn’t help but share our 5 ways to use sorrel.
5 ways to use Sorrel or Hibiscus
This is the most common way of using sorrel. The sorrel is boiled, the flower pulp discarded and the liquid sweetened with sugar and spices. Different people use different flavorings such as clove, cinnamon, bay leaf, ginger and even anise. I like my simply with cinnamon. Get the recipe here.
My favorite way to use the sorrel flower pulp. And the best part is that to make the sorrel jam you get the juice too! This way makes the most out of my batches of sorrel. Get the Jam recipe here.
The first time I mentioned that I made a sorrel cupcake and cake everyone was shocked. You might be wondering how it would taste in a cake, but it is truly a winner. A mix between a red wine chocolate cake and a Black Forest cake, we used the jam as a filling in the cake along with some juice in the batter and it was delicious. Get the recipe for the cupcakes here!
4. Sorrel Kombucha
If you’re a kombucha drinker you would love this idea! During the second fermentation when we bottle our kombucha, we add about a tablespoon of dried sorrel leaves then top with the kombucha and let sit. After the three days we have a delicious sorrel kombucha that delicious and gut healthy.
Want an interesting drink to toast with? We used sorrel as the juice or chaser in some of our favorite cocktails and it was a hit. We even developed our own cocktail Ponche de Noel which uses Caribbean flavors to make a delightful drink. Get the recipe here.
People use cranberry sauce on their turkey, we used sorrel sauce! To make we simply added some more liquid to our sorrel jam and blended until smooth and pourable like a sauce. This recipe is in the works but coming soon!
we hope you enjoyed our 5 ways to use sorrel. If you’ve had some other unique ways for using sorrel comment or email and let us know. We would love to give it a try and add to out list. And check out the recipes for these ideas below.