Every family has their holiday pastimes, right? Maybe it’s watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas, sipping on hot cocoa and eating all the candy canes off the Christmas tree, or opening one gift on Christmas Eve. For my family, we make a traditional Caribbean drink, passed down to me from my mother-in-law, a native of Trinidad and Tobago.
Sorrel is a holiday must-have in most Caribbean households, and whether you make the kid-friendly option or spike it with some spirits for the adults, Caribbean cultural spend no holiday without this tasty drink. It is a staple that I enjoy around this time of year, and definitely for my husband, brings up memories of growing up by the ocean.
So what’s involved in the making of this festive beverage?
1.5 lb sorrel flowers (trimmed)
8 cups water
1 cinnamon stick
2 pieces of dried orange peel
thick slice of ginger
sugar to sweeten
Super simple recipe: all you have to do is boil your sorrel leaves with slices of ginger in 4 cups of water for 30 minutes, then let simmer. Once cooled, drain** and add sugar to your taste and voila! All done.
Adult option: I like to add prosecco for a sparkling kick!