December 2, 2011 § Leave a comment
You probably know the plant as hibiscus. What Trinis call sorrel is not the sorrel plant, but a drink which is produced from steeped hibiscus fruit or flowers and spices.
The drink is a brilliant red color,sour, sweet, and spiced. Also, it will stain anything forever.
For Trinis, it isn’t Christmas without sorrel! I can’t remember a year without it. When I was little I couldn’t wait to smell sorrel on the stove and drink some Poncha de crème with my Christmas Cake.
We are lucky enough to have a West Indian market nearby so that we can pick up sorrel whenever we want, but during this season, the shelves are empty. I know that in nearly every West Indian house nearby someone is getting out the big sorrel pot and steeping some flowers.
Obviously, that’s what’s going on at my house.
- 10z dried Sorrel (if you don’t have a West Indian market you can get it here, or if you prefer organic, here
- 330oz Water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 6 cloves
- 1 piece of ginger
- 5lbs granuated sugar
- 5 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1/4 liter Strawberry syrup
- Boil water in large pot
- Remove pot from heat and add dried sorrel, cinnamon, and clove
- Cover and leave overnight
- The next day, add sugar, bitters, and syrup to pot
- Stir to mix
- Strain sorrel and pour into container
- (optional) Flavor with rum for an alcoholic kick