Foodie| Caribbean Sorrel Drink

by West Parsons on September 27, 2014 · 6 comments

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Being from the Caribbean, it is not unusual for leaves or flowers of plants grown just outside my door to be utilized for a drink or tea. In fact, as a child, my tea parties consisted of grabbing leaves from a near by tree and seeping it in hot water. We grew up on fresh sour sop and lemongrass bush tea. If we wanted to be fancy, we’d add a few leaves of fresh mint. No tea bags.

Mixing and mingling with Jamaicans, I’ve developed a loved for a drink they call Sorrel, which is made from a flower in the hibiscus family. If you are not a connoisseur of Caribbean food and drink, this will definitely be an acquired taste, but there are tons of benefits this drink brings to the table (pun intended).

Health Benefits of Sorrel

  • Loaded with polyphenol antioxidants which prevent cardiovascular diseases and cancers.
  • Plant contains many nutraceuticals that treat diseases when consumed regularly.
  • Contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals.
  • Rids the body of radicals which can cause disease when not removed naturally.


The recipe I and many others use to make sorrel resembles that of a high maintenance tea which requires an overnight settling.



  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 4-6 oz packet of dried sorrel
  • 1 medium sized ginger root
  • Sweetner  of choice (I chose coconut nectar)
  • 4 oz rum (optional)

Directions: Bring water to a boil. Add dried sorrel and peeled and crushed ginger to water and seep overnight while in refrigerator. The longer the better. Add sweetener of choice to taste. Rum is optional.


Cook Like a Jamaican also has a pretty festive recipe.

What is your favorite Caribbean drink?


Marie Young September 27, 2014 at 11:01 am

I would so love to try this! I think I’m going to.

West Parsons September 28, 2014 at 11:16 pm

Awesome! I think you have a blog post where you use it for your hair right? I might have to try that!

Milan September 28, 2014 at 7:10 am

I tried sorrel for the first time a couple months ago and loved it! I must try my hand at making it. I love the taste and the health benefits.

West Parsons September 28, 2014 at 11:15 pm

It’s super easy to make. The longer you allow it sit (with the blooms) the more tasty 🙂

Thetruthisoutthere December 12, 2014 at 8:23 pm

My husband is Bajan and sorrel drink has always been a favorite for our family and guests. I make mine infused with cinnamon sticks and clove buds. We leave out the alcohol for the kids. Sorrel is such a tart and refreshing beverage!

In north Africa sorrel/hibiscus is called “karkade”; it is also used for hair, and is an ingredient in Qhemet’s “Karkady Tea Replenishing Mist”

Nikki February 25, 2015 at 6:18 am

I love sorrell!!! Think I’ve had two big bottles, or three since Thanksgiving.