It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Gorgeous, magenta-coloured sorrel is plentiful at the farmers’ markets and supermarkets just in time for the holidays.
Not only is sorrel delicious, it has several health benefits as well:
It is high in vitamins and minerals.
It is a powerful antioxidant.
It has anti-inflammatory properties.
It can assist with lowering elevated blood pressure and lowering “bad” cholesterol.
I make this punch every year. I have minimised the sugar content so I can get the full flavour of the sorrel and ginger-infused goodness. Alcohol is optional in this recipe, but hey, it doesn’t hurt for a bit of holiday cheer!
8 cups water
½ cup of sorrel
¼ cup of sliced fresh ginger
4 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
¼ teaspoon of fresh ground nutmeg
1/2 cup simple syrup*
Juice of 1 orange (about 1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon lime juice
Orange slices, for garnish
Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Remove from the heat and add the sorrel, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cover and let steep for one hour. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer set over a bowl. Discard the sorrel and spices. Add the simple syrup, orange juice and lime juice to the strained mixture and stir to combine. Transfer to a pitcher or punch bowl filled with ice. Garnish with orange slices before serving in ice-filled cups.
*To make simple syrup at home: In a medium saucepan, combine equal parts sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool.
Maureen Cubbon is the wellness director of Bestlife Wellness Solutions and chef at Bon Vivant in Camana Bay.