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