July 4, 2022

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Jamaican Sorrel Drink

By Healthier Steps From Yummly

8 Ingredients 15 Minutes


  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups sorrel (dried, buds)
  • 2 inches ginger (grated)
  • 1 orange peel
  • 6 allspice berries (/pimento)
  • organic cane sugar
  • organic cane sugar
  • sweetener

Sorrel Drink is a popular drink that used to be served mostly during Christmas time in Jamaica, but now its served all year round. It has great health benefits too!

What is Sorrel?

Sorrel not to be confused with sorrel the herb, is a cousin of the hibiscus flower. The calyces of the flower are dried and made into a popular drink throughout the Caribbean, Latin American (in Mexico it is called ‘Flor de Jamaica’,  Australia it is Rosella. Middle Eastern, and Africa countries in Nigeria it is called Zobo drink. It has a tart cranberry flavor.

Sorrel Drink Health Benefits

The calyces of the sorrel are high in Vitamin C and flavonoids. Studies have shown that these properties have great health benefits. They are anti-inflammatory, protecting the body from oxidative damages.

Jamaican Sorrel Plant to make sorrel drink

In Jamaica, the calyces of the sorrel are collected, then dried. The dried calyces are then steeped in boiling water along with ginger and other whole spices such as allspice, cinnamon sticks, cloves.

Jamaican sorrel drink is traditionally sweetened with sugar and rum is added. I love to make mine simple, just with the addition of ginger and orange skin without the alcohol. I normally steep mine overnight but it’s not necessary.

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