A traditional must-have Christmas beverage, Sorrel has a warmly aromatic and spicy flavor thanks to the addition of cinnamon and cloves. On its own, sorrel, a member of the hibiscus family, is quite tart, but the drink, which is a lovely ruby red color, is pleasantly sweet-tart thanks to sugar. In Jamaica, ginger is added to the mix, but not in Trinidad—I find I prefer it with rather than without, so you decide. I also like my Sorrel on the tarter side, but you may choose to add more sugar. Some folks like to add rum or vodka to Sorrel to make a hibiscus cocktail.
* Dried sorrel flowers can be found in Caribbean markets and online.
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