Jamaican Christmas Sorrel Drink
The drink of choice for Jamaicans during the Christmas season is sorrel. This ruby red drink is made from sorrel sepal- a meadow plant. This was once only available during Christmas season but thanks to technology it is readily available throughout the year. This does not deter from the significance or the popularity of this drink during the Christmas holidays.
You can purchase sorrel at your local West Indian stores.
* 1 1/2 pound sorrel
* 2-4 ounces of ginger
* 3 quarts water
* 1 lb sugar
* 8-14 pimento grains (all spice)
* 8 ounces of white rum
* 8 ounces of wine
* 2 cups sugar
Wash sorrel thoroughtly, using the fingers to lift it from the water. Scrape , wash and grate ginger. Boil ginger in water for a couple minutes, then add sorrel leaves and pimento grains. Turn flame off, cover and let steep overnight. Strain the sorrel mixture. Sweeten to taste and add rum and wine to taste. Serve over ice.