“Being so bad got me feelin’ so good”
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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 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’s 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 of ice cubes. Measure 4-ounce of sorrel into the glass. Top with ginger beer. Gently stir to mix.
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 of 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.