Holiday Cocktail Recipe | Sorrel Drink


Christmas is 12 days away! For this week’s Foodie Friday, I’m sharing two of my favorite holiday cocktail recipes. The first recipe is for Sorrel! (Check out my Coquito recipe, HERE.) Sorrel is essentially a form of iced tea. In many, many, many Caribbean households, the Christmas season isn’t complete without sorrel. If you have 10 entrees and 10 sides on the menu and sorrel isn’t there, people will notice. They may even inquire as to its whereabouts. As a kid, it seemed like sorrel-making was this magical, secret process that resulted in gallons of this much-anticipated, rich, wine-colored drink. Years later, the process is still magical, but now–I’m making the sorrel!

How to make sorrel drink. Caribbean Christmas cocktail recipe.

When I shared a picture of my sorrel brewing, my friend accused me of just “helping” my mom make the sorrel! AS IF?!? This sorrel recipe is 100% Melanie. Mmkay? Here’s the catch: No two sorrel drinks taste alike. Everyone has their own recipes — the recipe they give you and the recipe they actually use ;-). On a basic level, you only need a few ingredients to create a tasty sorrel drink. The main ingredient is dried sorrel, which is dried hibiscus. In Nigeria, sorrel is called Zobo Drink and in Senegal it’s Jus de Bissap (Senegal’s National Drink). Same floral “tea”–different name and varied spices. You can usually find dried sorrel leaves in African/Caribbean grocery stores or aisles. (You may see it labeled as Jamaican sorrel or Flor de Jamaica.) Amazon sells sorrel too. TIP: When all else fails, Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger Tea can be used as an alternative to dried sorrel. The main ingredient in the tea is hibiscus!

So here’s the what you’ll need for my Easy Sorrel Drink Recipe:

Caribbean Sorrel Recipe - Traditional Christmas DrinksDried sorrel leaves, cloves & cinnamon sticks


  • 8 cups of water
  • 8 oz dried sorrel leaves
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp ground allspice (pimento)
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • sugar
  • optional: white rum (e.g.: Bacardi Puerto Rican rum)

Caribbean-West Indian Sorrel Drinke Recipe for ChristmasThe sorrel + spices make your house smell sooo good!


  1. In a large pot, bring the water to a boil
  2. Add the sorrel, cinnamon, cloves, ground allspice & ginger to the pot
  3. Let the pot boil, uncovered, for an additional 10 minutes
  4. Set the pot aside and cover (Allow the sorrel to seep for at least 4 hours. I generally let it sit for 24 hours. Some people seep sorrel for 3 days!)
  5. Strain the sorrel (We don’t want flowers and pieces of spices in our drink!)
  6. Add sugar to taste
  7. If the sorrel is too concentrated, add a little bit of water at a time until you achieve a desirable taste
  8. Optional: add your preferred liquor (I usually add Bacardi Puerto Rican rum. Some people like sherry. I’ve experimented with CÎROC Vodka Amaretto and the outcome was delicious.)
  9. Refrigerate
  10. Serve chilled or over ice

Easy Caribbean Sorrel Drink Recipe (Flor de Jamaica) Hibiscus Iced Tea

The sorrel, after seeping for 24 hours, is gorgeous!

Spiked Sorrel Recipe. How to make Caribbean Sorrel, Zobo Drink, Jus de Bissap


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  1. Hi Melapoo! Great recipe, and I can vouch for how delicious and refreshing a drink! Thx…

  2. Annette B. G. says:

    Just like your favourite A. makes it!!

  3. Melisa Boutin says:

    Love it! Can’t have Christmas without Sorrel!


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