You won’t find Jack Summers’ product anywhere else—because he’s the only one making it in the world. Summers produces Sorel, a dark garnet liqueur that’s based on a 400-year-old recipe inherited from his grandparents. Sorrel tea is a spiced herbal beverage made from dried hibiscus flowers, and a common drink in the Caribbean. Now the only alcoholic version on the market, Sorel has garnered wide critical acclaim thanks to a special brew of Moroccan hibiscus, Nigerian ginger, Indonesian nutmeg and Brazilian clove.
DON'T MISS THESE SPIRITS: Despite devastation to the distillery from Hurricane Sandy, Summers' Sorel continues to grow in influence, enchanting consumers and critics with its fragrant blend of spices.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Get a taste of Sorel and tour the Red Hook facility on Saturdays from 12p.m.-5p.m.—you’ll start to smell the heady blend of spices from a few blocks away.