Preparation info
  • Makes about

    3 pints

    • Difficulty


Appears in

By Elisabeth Lambert Ortiz

Published 1973

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This is made from the sepals of an annual plant called rosella or sorrel. Traditionally a Christmas drink in Trinidad, when the sorrel sepals are at their best. The drink can also be made with dried sorrel, or sorrel syrup.

If you use syrup follow the instructions on the bottle.


  • 1 oz. dried sorrel sepals
  • 3-inch piece stick cinnamon
  • Piece dried orange peel, about 3-by-1-inc


Put the sorrel, cinnamon, orange peel, cloves and sugar into a large jar or crock and pour the boiling water over them. Cool, cover loosely, and leave for 2 or 3 days at room temperature. Strain, add the rum, cinnamon and cloves and leave for another 2 days. Strain through a fine sieve lined with cheesecloth and serve in chilled glasses, with or without ice cubes. If preferred, the drink may be