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How to Make Sorrel Wine

Updated March 23, 2017

Sorrel wine is a slightly alcoholic drink popular in Jamaica, Costa Rica and other Latin American and Caribbean countries. The drink is a fermented version of hibiscus or sorrel tea, which is brewed and served both hot and cold. Hibiscus, also known as flor de Jamaica, has a flavour very similar to cranberries, and sugar or ginger is usually used to sweeten and distil its strong flavour in both teas and wines.

Place all ingredients in the 6-quart saucepan. Bring the ingredients to a boil over medium heat.

Allow the ingredients to boil for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. This will infuse the water with the hibiscus, sugar and spice flavour, creating the tea.

Strain the solid ingredients out of the tea by pouring the water through a strainer into a large glass jar. Dispose of the solid ingredients.

Allow the tea to cool, then cover it with a cloth. Store it in a dark place for three days. In this time, the tea will ferment, becoming a mildly alcoholic wine.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 cups dried hibiscus
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup peeled ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • 6-quart pot
  • Strainer
  • Large glass container
  • Cloth
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Tatyana Ivanov has been a freelance writer since 2008 and has contributed articles to "Venus" and "Columbus Family." She continues to write humor pieces for a number of popular culture blogs. Ivanov holds a Bachelor of Arts in media studies from Hunter College.