Sorrel Spritz Mocktail


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.

a recipe photo of Sorrel Spritz Mocktail
Photo: Ali Redmond
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
13 hrs


  • 6 cups water

  • 3 cups dried Jamaican sorrel (see Tip)

  • ¾ cup finely chopped unpeeled fresh ginger

  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves

  • 5 peppercorns

  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • 6 tablespoons packed brown sugar

  • Ice cubes

  • 4 cups seltzer

  • Orange slices for garnish


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 (per serving)

43 Calories
11g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 43
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Total Sugars 10g
Added Sugars 10g 20%
Sodium 9mg 0%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 3mg 1%
Potassium 21mg 0%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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