Sorrel Drink (Trinidad)
243 mins (prep 3, cooking 240)
8 ingredients
10 servings
Not to be confused with the vegetable of the same name from temperate countries, sorrel is a favourite West Indian drink for Christmas and New Year. Actually it’s more of a spiced, iced tea, as the juice is drawn from the red sepals of the Roselle plant (Hibiscus sabdariffa) which is commonly called sorrel in the Caribbean. This drink is a favourite with children to whom the task of ‘picking’ sorrel (removing the red sepals from the prickly seed) is often given. The drink is usually prepared in two batches with one batch being spiked with rum for the adults. The drink needs a lot of sugar to temper the tartness of the fruit but to my mind it should not be made thick and sweet, for then it becomes sickly and cloying although some like it this way, so feel free to vary the ingredient amounts to suit your taste. Usually served chilled with ice but I had a German friend tell me that this drink reminded her of mulled wine so I imagine it could also be served warm.

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  • 8 ounces dried sorrel
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (each approximately 3 inches long)
  • 1 piece orange peel (fresh or dried, approximately 3 by 1-inch)
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 10 -12 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar (or more to taste. granulated will give a better colour.)
  • 1/4 cup rum (or more, to your taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


Serving Size (282.86 g)
Servings 10
Amount per Serving
Calories 161.2 Calories from Fat 4.23
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.47g 7.22%
Saturated Fat 0.14g 7.14%
Trans Fat 0.01g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 19.86mg 8.28%
Total Carbohydrate 37.95g 126.49%
Dietary Fiber 1.29 g 51.58%
Sugars 35.51 g %
Protein 0.22g 4.4%
Vitamin A 6.14IU% Vitamin C 0.01mg%
Calcium 31.51mg% Iron 0.46mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
dried, cinnamon sticks, piece orange peel, ground cloves


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