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Sorrel Not Sorrel

sorrel soft cocktail made with cawston press ginger beer
“Being so bad got me feelin’ so good”

Inspired by Demi Lovato “Sorry Not Sorry” from Tell Me You Love Me
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I am a fan of Demi Lovato the person but not so much the singer. I won’t get into the “old man shouting at clouds” mode of how music today all sounds the same yadda yadda yadda. This is not a bad pop track with a kind of empowerment vibe and utterly forgettable. It’s also another great Sorrel pun.  

I’ve become obsessed with Sorrel lately. Having found a source for dried hibiscus in my neighborhood, I always have a quart in my fridge. Usually, I just mix a bit of Sorrel with club soda and that’s that. When I want to get fancy, I’ll break out the bitters.

As I brew my Sorrel with fresh ginger, it occurred to me that ginger beer could possibly be a great mixer. My other recent obsession is the sparkling drinks from Cawston Press. A grocery across from my apartment stocks most of the line and I’ve been working my way through their selection. My first experience was with Cawston Press’ ginger beer. It’s a solid brew – not the best ginger beer I’ve had but definitely top ten – with the additional twist of apple juice. It’s a nice clean ginger beer lacking in the heat department put exceedingly smooth. Plus – it mixes beautifully with Sorrel.

This will most certainly be my go-to drink while grilling this summer, but also makes a nice cozy winter warmer.

SORREL NOT SORREL
Sorrel, Cawston Press Ginger Beer, ice
Makes 1 drink

Take a 12-ounce glass. Add a couple ice cubes. Measure 4-ounce of Sorrel into the glass. Top with ginger beer. Gently stir to mix.

Sorrel
1 cup sorrel
3 cinnamon sticks (3-inch sticks)
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
1 orange peel
1 3-inch piece of ginger, peeled & grated
5 cups water

Combine all ingredients in a non-reactive saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat & simmer 30 minutes – stirring occasionally. Let cool in the pan. Strain the liquid through cheesecloth and a fine mesh strainer. Pour into an airtight bottle and keep in the refrigerator.

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