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Jamaican Christmas Sorrel Drink

Updated on December 7, 2010

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.


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      barby2kool 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Hi Sean, sorry I'm just answering your question... busy studying. The answer to your question is I don't, I usually get it from Jamaica and freeze it until I'm ready for it. But if there is someone who reads this knows where it can be obtained in the states I would welcome such information....Thanks for stopping by Sean.

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      Sean 5 years ago

      Where do you buy the Sorrel Sepals in CT?


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      barby2kool 7 years ago from Connecticut

      Hey Samiaali, thanks for reading and I'm more than happy to provide you with this recipe. I've never heard of this drink caled 'Mavi' but I'm sure it is just as declicous as the sorrel drink. I hope you get a chance to try this recipe and let me know how you like it. Thanks again for stopping by.

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      samiaali 7 years ago

      Hi barby2kool, I believe that I had this drink once, at a friend's house. It was absolutely delicious. It reminded me of a drink made by Puerto Ricans, called 'Mavi', which is made from a root. Thank you very much for this recipe.