I hope you’re enjoying slow (it seems) thaw of the winter weather. Lately, I find myself already dreaming of and looking around for summer treats recipes.

Recently I had a chance to roam around a neighborhood in Brooklyn. I started to look for a cozy cafe to relax for a while, but the neighborhood just didn’t have coffee shops! (Which is a pretty rare occurrence in Brooklyn) And I started to get hungry, so suddenly stumbling upon a lone Jamaican restaurant, felt very happy and went in.

I enjoyed a really good lunch of comforting curry chicken, rice, steamed shredded cabbage and… sorrell! It’s something I always get when I get Jamaican food. I love the concentrated taste of a blend of floral and fruity note, with a strong, enticing finish of ginger. It accompanies meals well but stands on its own spectacularly. It is a great drink for warm months to cool down with.

  • 1 cup dried sorrell
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • peel of 1/2 orange
  • 2 inch ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 cup water
  • cooking pot
  1. Thinly slice the ginger. If you want more zing, mince the ginger. Cut orange peels in small pieces.

2. Put all ingredients in a pot, and bring to a boil. When it boils, decrease heat and let simmer for about 30 minutes. Strain. It can be served both hot or cold.