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Jamaican Sorrel drink recipe

It’s Christmas time, so it is no surprise that I am sharing this Jamaican sorrel drink recipe, Jamaica’s traditional Christmas drink.

Jamaican sorrel drink recipe

Sorrel, What Is It?

Make from the sorrel flower, packed with white rum and flavoured with ginger and pimento.

The Jamaican sorrel drink is a Christmas beverage traditionally drink only at Christmas time.

But now that the Jamaican sorrel drink have taken to world by storm it’s available to drink all year round.

How To Make Sorrel Drink

Even though the sorrel drink can be purchase in just about any Caribbean supermarket or whole food market, Jamaican still makes their own come Christmas time.

The homemade sorrel drink is usually pack with Ray & Nephew white rum have more flavour from the spices used.

Ginger and pimento (allspice) is always apart of the ingredients.

Some people add cloves and cinnamon but I did not for this recipe because

I wanted to keep it as authentic and traditional.

You can add cloves and cinnamon and sometimes I do too.

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without it, so make sure to try this easy to make traditional Jamaican sorrel drink recipe this Christmas.

You never know. it may just become a traditional christmas drink you you are your family.  

Share in the comment how you like the taste of sorrel drink and do you prefer with or without rum?

Jamaican sorrel drink recipe

Jamaican Sorrel drink recipe

Packed with flavour and rum, this tranditional christmas beverage is easy to make and lovely in taste.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 120 kcal


  • 1 lb Fresh sorrel
  • Freshly grated ginger
  • 10 Pimento berries (allspice)
  • 1 cup White rum Or the amount of rum that you wish
  • Suger to sweeten Sweenten to your taste
  • 8 cups Water


  • Thoroughly wash the sorrel and pour the water away.
  • Place the washed sorrel in a stainless steel pot along with the ginger, pimento barries and the 8 cups of water.
  • Put to boil for about 3-5 minutes then turn the heat off.
  • Leave to brew overnight or for at least 6-8 hours
  • Strain well
  • Sweeten to tatse with sugar.
  • Add your rum and put to chill.


It traditional to have white in the Jamaican sorrel drink recipe, but if you don’t drink alcohol just leave this ingredient out and still enjoy delicious taste of this flavoured drink. 
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Calories: 120kcal
Keyword Jamaican Sorrel drink recipe
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  1. Terry A Edwards

    How much ginger ?

  2. Hi there, do you take the petals off of the calices or boil them whole?

  3. Sheila Davies

    5 stars
    Hi Lesa, I know it’s not Christmas yet but found your recipe and had exactly 1lb Sorrel (some frozen, some dried and some fresh) and I wanted to try the traditional method. I used a good size ‘inch’ of grated fresh ginger and will sweeten with monk fruit (to cut back on sugar!). Will definitely use white rum though!! Can’t wait for it to finish steeping. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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