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A celebratory red drink made during the holidays in Jamaica, this sorrel spritz is infused with cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Instead of using white rum, these mocktails are topped off with seltzer for a refreshing fizz. The gorgeous red hue of the drink comes from dried Jamaican sorrel, also known as hibiscus.

EatingWell.com, October 2022


Credit: Ali Redmond

Recipe Summary

15 mins
13 hrs


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring water to a boil in a medium pot. Stir in sorrel, ginger, cloves, peppercorns and cinnamon sticks. Turn off heat. Let cool completely in the pot, about 45 minutes. Transfer to the refrigerator to steep for 12 to 24 hours.

  • Strain the steeped mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a large jar. Press the solids with a spatula to squeeze out all the liquid (discard solids). Add brown sugar; stir until completely dissolved.

  • Fill a 16-ounce cocktail glass with ice. Add 1/2 cup of the sorrel mixture. Top with 1/2 cup seltzer; stir. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make a total of 8 mocktails. Garnish with orange slices, if desired.


Dried Jamaican sorrel, also known as hibiscus, adds tart fruitiness and a gorgeous red-purple hue to dishes. Find it, such as Angel brand, online at Amazon.

To make ahead

Refrigerate sorrel mixture (Step 1) in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup
43 calories; carbohydrates 11g; sugars 10g; added sugar 10g; sodium 9mg; calcium 15mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 3mg; phosphorus 1mg; potassium 21mg.