how to make sorrel tea

how to make sorrel tea

How to Make Sorrel Tea

Sorrel tea is a tasty, low-calorie beverage made from the leaves of the Rumex acetosa plant. Widely enjoyed in Jamaica and the Caribbean, sorrel tea is rich in iron, vitamin C, and flavonoids. Enjoy a sip of this sweet, tart, and refreshing tea with these simple steps.

What You’ll Need

  • Fresh or dried sorrel leaves – Available in the fresh produce aisle at some supermarkets and in Asian or Caribbean markets.
  • Honey, sugar, or other sweetener – to taste
  • Lemon or lime – to taste
  • Water – tap or filtered
  • Strainer – to remove the plant leaves from the tea


  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a medium pot.
  2. Add 1 cup of fresh or dried sorrel leaves to the boiling water and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add honey, sugar, or other sweetener to taste.
  4. Squeeze lemon or lime juice into the tea and stir. Remove tea from heat and allow to cool.
  5. Strain tea using a strainer to remove the plant leaves. Discard leaves.
  6. Enjoy your hot tea or let cool, refrigerate, and serve over ice.

Tips and Tricks

  • Sorrel tea has a tart, slightly sour flavor that many love. The best way to determine the level of sweetness you prefer in your tea is to adjust the amount of sweetener you use.
  • Try adding other ingredients such as ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, or cinnamon to enhance the flavor of your sorrel tea.
  • For a vegan-friendly version of sorrel tea, swap out your honey for agave nectar or maple syrup.

Sorrel tea is a great way to get your antioxidants, and these easy-to-follow steps will ensure you enjoy every sip.


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