Sorrel is the flower from the hibiscus plant. It’s deep red in color which makes it just ideal for the yuletide season. Another name for it is Roselle. It takes approximately six months to mature. And is in full bloom during the Christmas period.

Fresh cranberries
Fresh Sorrel

In Jamaica, sorrel drink is a traditional beverage that is very popular at Christmastime. There are two types, the dried and the fresh. The dried version is available all year round. With a quick rinse under tap water, these buds are ready to be immersed in boiling water.

Prepping (rinsing) sorrel and root ginger for boiling water
Prepping (rinsing) sorrel and root ginger for boiling water

Ingredients needed:

  • Sorrel
  • Root ginger
  • Sugar or any sweetener
  • Jamaican white rum (Wray/Nephew) (or any white rum available
  • Red wine (optional)
  • Lemon/lime juice
  • Pimento (all spice) [optional]
  • Water

In this recipe I’m using the fresh version which is less potent. However if the dried ones were used it’s advisable to use extra or double amount of water and other ingredients.


  1. Rinse sorrel/ginger and place in a stock pot or big glass bowl.
  2. Pour boiling water on sorrel.
  3. Crush or grater root ginger and add to sorrel along with a few pimento seeds.
  4. Cover with lid and place it in a cold dark area of pantry in order to prevent fermentation.
  5. Allow it to steep until the buds become pale in color.
  6. Strain and add lemon/lime.
  7. Sweeten with light brown sugar or sweetener of choice.
  8. Add rum and/or to sorrel drink if desired.
  9. Serve over cracked ice.

IMG_20141130_173013Sorrel drink ready for consumption

What would set off this perfect yuletide drink is a piece Jamaican fruit/rum cake. In Jamaica, they go hand in hand. Bear in mind that sorrel drink can be stored in the refrigerator for months. Salud!!





Published by bblake10

I'm originally from the beautiful island of Jamaica. In Jamaica, we always find a reason to celebrate. And, when there's a celebration, there is music, fun and of course, food, great food. Presently, I reside in So. Florida.Living here in Florida offers varied cultures, people of different ethnic backgrounds. I've a great passion for the culinary side of life. Therefore, being in So. Fl., provides me the great accessibility of fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables. Moreover, I've the choice to indulge in a amazing foods from different cuisines.This ability provides great inspiration for me to retreat to my humble kitchenette and replicate these dishes.It warms my heart to be able to break bread with loved ones. I'm an avid reader and love to get lost between these beautiful words. I find reading to be a social activity because it allows me a peek inside other people's minds which in turn makes me more empathetic towards others. One day in the near future, I hope to publish my very own words in the area of poetry as well as my other love, food. Yoga and speed walking are just a few of the things that keep me balanced and centered. I love family and friends; and, of course, wholesome foods with a glass of cocktail. Life is what you make of it. And, I try to savor and enjoy the simple and precious moments.


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