Sorrel Drink

Preparation info
  • Makes

    2½ litres

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Recipes from Brixton Village

By Miss South

Published 2014

  • About

Sorrel drink is made from dried hibiscus flowers, and this cleansing sweet and sour beverage is so associated with Jamaica that the Mexicans call hibiscus flor de Jamaica. Sorrel is traditional at Christmas time in Jamaica. It can also have rum in it if you prefer to give it a little kick...


  • litres cold water
  • 1 packet of hibiscus flowers (about 250g)


Put the water in a large pot and bring to a boil on the stove – the water must be boiling when you add the hibiscus flowers. Scatter in the flowers and take the pot off the heat immediately. Stir in the sugar, cloves and grated ginger until the sugar is dissolved, and leave to cool overnight. The flowers will steep and infuse to give a rounded flavour.

Strain the drink through a muslin