Barrel to Bottle: Sorel Liqueur Founder Jack Summers

Jack Summers is the founder of Jack From Brooklyn and Sorel Liqueur. He’s the first African-American man, after prohibition, to be granted a license to produce liquor in America. People have been drinking hibiscus flower tea for centuries.

The Transatlantic slave trade brought hibiscus to the Americas, along with the people who made beverages with hibiscus. Each island had their own version of Sorrel with different indigenous spices. Jackie was the first person to bottle this, as Sorel.

Jackie’s family is from Barbados. Caribbeans tend to drink Sorrel over ice, but there have been some great cocktails made with it. It also mixes great with most spirits and highlights different flavors depending on what you use.

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