A few weeks back, I received an email about Sorel liqueur. Sorel is a new liqueur that is taking the world of mixology by storm, and I was eager to try it. Made by a company with the interesting name of Jack from Brooklyn, Sorel is one of the best liqueurs I’ve tried, and it’s sure to be a staple of top bars, restaurants, and home mixologists.
So, what is Sorel? It is basically a hibiscus-infused liqueur that is popular in the Caribbean. But it’s more than just hibiscus because it has complex background notes of cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg. It smells like Christmas in a glass, and the multifaceted flavors in Sorel make it an interesting and versatile mixer with a variety of base spirits. I’ve found brandy, tequila, vodka, and whiskey to mix well with Sorel, and I’m sorely tempted to create a Caribbean eggnog based around rum and Sorel for the approaching holiday season. Sorel also has a beautiful hibiscus-pink color, which adds great color to cocktails and food.
Culinarily, Sorel has a lot of value in the kitchen. At 15 percent ABV, Sorel doesn’t pack a huge alcoholic punch; instead, it focuses on bringing an authentic Caribbean flavor through the liqueur, making it perfect for sauces and marinades. Additionally, Sorel isn’t syrupy-sweet like so many liqueurs, and while it does have a level of sugar (it is a liqueur after all), it is in balance with the overall flavor profile.
Cooking with Sorel is exceptionally easy. Toss some orange segments or sliced strawberries with Sorel, and serve over pound cake for an easy and unique dessert. For a savory option, try marinating chicken breasts in 1 cup of Sorel, 1 cup of orange juice, 1 ounce of pomegranate juice, 1 ounce lime juice, and a ¼ cup of canola oil. This is an easy marinade that delivers great flavor without much work; what can be better than that?
On the cocktail side, my current cocktail of choice with Sorel is to take a Manhattan cocktail and to replace the sweet vermouth with Sorel. One of my bartender friends in New York suggested that I try a margarita with Sorel substituting for triple sec. So far, I’ve found that a bottle of Sorel is now indispensable in my kitchen and bar.
Sorel is just beginning to gain distribution around the country. If you can’t find it locally, look for online retailers like DrinkUpNY to purchase a bottle. At around $33, this is a must-have addition to your liquor cabinet; it’s just that good. Add Sorel to your favorite drinks and recipes, and you’ll see why I’m so excited about this new product.
Disclosure: I received a sample of this product from Jack from Brooklyn for review. No other compensation from Jack from Brooklyn was received.