Sorrel Recipe

As with all  cultures Jamaicans have plenty of holiday traditions. Of our many traditions Christmas sorrel tops the list. In Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, sorrel is served religiously at Christmas time. Sorrel drink is made by steeping sorrel flowers in hot water for several hours. The drink is then sweetened with sugar and flavored with ginger. Rum and aromatic spices such as orange peel or cloves are often added but are not required. In recent years sorrel has become very popular in and outside the Caribbean. You can  purchase sorrel drink already brewed or buy sorrel flowers dried and packaged, in many grocery stores where a large Caribbean population resides.  Sorrel is super easy to make. If you can boil water and stir a cup you make sorrel. 


dried sorrel flowers
dried sorrel flowers

Yields 8

Sorrel Recipe

6 hrPrep Time

10 minCook Time

6 hr, 10 Total Time

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  • 1 lb. sorrel (fresh or dried)
  • 2 to 4 oz. fresh ginger, grated (1 – 2 tsp ginger powder)
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 8 C water
  • a few allspice berries
  • 1/4 C premium white rum
  • 1 TB orange peel
  • 2 to 3 pieces cloves
  • Notes: *If using fresh sorrel pick and wash petals thoroughly before using.
  • *Use a large heatproof glass or ceramic container with a lid to steep the sorrel.
  • * If using allspice or cloves add to the water before it boils to release maximum flavor.


Place the sorrel and desired spices in a large heat proof glass container. Add water and ginger to a pot over high heat. Bring to a boil. When water begins to boil; remove from the stove and pour water over the sorrel. Cover and let steep for 6 to 24 hours. After it steeps, strain sorrel into another container add sugar, wine and rum if desired. Serve cold, with ice or at room temperature.

Recipe Type: Beverage


Sorrel over ice
Classic sorrel drink over ice. Add or omit rum and other flavors to suit your tastebuds.
In recent years I’ve taken to using flavored syrups instead of sugar to sweeten sorrel juice. See the notes for several flavor variations or create up your own flavor combination
Add a slice of fresh ginger to a hot cup of sorrel for a tasty sorrel drink
Add a slice of fresh ginger to a hot cup of sorrel tea for a tasty hot treat.
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2 thoughts on “Sorrel Recipe

  1. We should do larger export like years ago when Erica used to buy by the sacs and we should be manufacturing it al over the world
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