A Trini Christmas is not the same without a true trinidad sorrel drink, ponche o creme or black cake ,well at least in my household it is , (scientific name Hibiscus Sabdariffa)
You know it’s christmas time in Trinidad when you see vans parked on the side of roadways filled with the bright red sorrel.
Sorrel— belongs to the hibiscus family and is a short shrub that bears flowers quite like ochro and hibiscus. Once the flower falls off, the calyx at the base of the flower swells and thickens and grows to cover the seed capsule. This cover is what we know as sorrel and is used in the delicious drink of the same name. – Trinidad Guardian
So here is my version of a True Trini Sorrel Drink. Make it a delicious cocktail by adding some alcohol.
The Best Trinidad Sorrel Drink
A Trinidad Sorrel Drink
In Trinidad Christmas wouldn’t be the same without Sorrel.
And yes, there is rum in most of the drinks , we just love our rum drinks during the holidays!
But Hey! the drinks are still superb without rum.
The sorrel flower is in full bloom at Christmas time in Trinidad and most of the Caribbean so that’s one of the reasons it’s traditionally considered a holiday drink.
But with dried sorrel being manufactured and exported, you can have this delicious drink all year round.
The flavor of Sorrel is like cranberry and raspberry with a hint of pineapple.
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When I was growing up in the Caribbean, I never saw dried sorrel, it’s only since I have been living in the United States I have seen the dried variety
This Sorrel drink below was made using the dried Sorrel , if you notice it is much darker in color than the fresh Sorrel above, but taste just as good.