This unfortunately pink but darned tasty beverage in its most basic form is non-alcoholic, but could just as easily be transformed into something more adult, if you know what I’m saying. If you don’t, keep reading. Both sumac and wood sorrel have a tart, lemony flavour, great in cocktails or punches.
the basics: Ice in a glass, 1 oz sumac and sorrel simple syrup, fill with club soda to taste. Replace or supplement the club soda with gin, vodka, wine, champagne, you get the idea.
the simple syrup
In a pot, boil 2 ½ cups of water. Stir in 4 cups loosely chopped wood sorrel. Turn the heat off, put a lid on it, let it cool, and steep it in the fridge overnight. Strain.
In a pot over high heat combine 2 cups sumac juice with 2 cups strained sorrel juice. Add 1 cup of sugar and stir to dissolve. Bring to a boil, then set back to medium and simmer for about 1 hour, or until it’s reduced to about 3 cups. For thicker syrup add more sugar, a tablespoon at a time, and simmer longer. Let the syrup cool before storing it in a glass container. Keep it in the fridge.