Dec. 13, 2022

Build Your Own Table with Jackie Summers

Build Your Own Table with Jackie Summers

Entrepreneur and founder of Jack From Brooklyn, Jackie Summers shares how a health scare caused him to reevaluate his priorities, create a liqueur company, and build his own table. While creating Sorel, a modern twist on a 500-year-old Caribbean clas...


Entrepreneur and founder of Jack From Brooklyn, Jackie Summers shares how a health scare caused him to reevaluate his priorities, create a liqueur company, and build his own table. While creating Sorel, a modern twist on a 500-year-old Caribbean classic, he became America’s first black legal distiller and filled his team with diversity and inclusion in mind. With the help of Dr Hoby Wedler, Sorel is found in over 20 states in the US and is available to ship from sorelofficial.com. Whether you enjoy Sorel hot, cold, or in a cocktail, Cheers!

A 500 Year Journey Born of the spice trade, versions of sorrel date back to the 1600s, when hibiscus flowers were first imported to the New World from West Africa and hibiscus-based beverages became a Caribbean tradition. Made with Moroccan hibiscus blended with Brazilian clove, Indonesian cassia and Nigerian ginger, this bright red liqueur from Brooklyn is a modern twist on a timeless classic.

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Jackie Summers

Author, Public Speaker, Entrepreneur

An acclaimed author, public speaker, and entrepreneur, Jackie Summers is the founder of JackFromBrooklyn Inc. and the creator of the award-winning Sorel Liqueur. After being diagnosed with a spinal tumor and given a small chance to live, Jackie Summers not only beat those odds, but left his decades-long corporate career to create Sorel as a way to honor his Barbadian heritage. Following 623 failed attempts, Summers perfected the first and only shelf-stable sorrel liqueur. Most recently, Summers was nominated for the James Beard Media Award for Personal Essay, Long Form, and was honored among Wine Enthusiast’s Future 40 and Food & Wine magazine’s Drinks Innovators of the Year. Summers’ mission is to tell stories of marginalized peoples in their own voices.