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Two Sorrel Cocktails in glasses with a bottle of sorrel and a bottle of rum in the background.
Trinidadian Sorrel
Prep Time
10 mins
Steeping Time
2 d
Total Time
2 d 10 mins
Trinidadian sorrel is a delicious sweet brewed beverage made from dried hibiscus flowers. I enjoyed it every year at Christmastime with my family. It can be served alone, or made into an adult beverage with some rum.
Course: Beverages
Cuisine: Trinidadian, caribbean, West Indian
Keyword: Holiday Favorites, Drinks
Servings: 12 5-ounce cocktails
Calories: 199 kcal
  • 2 ounces dried sorrel (hibiscus flowers) (heaping 1 cup)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 12 cloves
  • 2 cups granulated sugar (roughly 1 pound)
  • 2 (4-inch x 1-inch) pieces of orange peel (no pith)
  • 12 cups boiling water
  • 12 ounces dark rum (1½ cups) (optional)
  1. Place the sorrel, cinnamon sticks, cloves, sugar and orange peel into a large heat-proof bowl or saucepan.
  2. Bring 12 cups of water to a boil and pour the boiling water over the dried sorrel. Let this mixture steep for 1 to 2 days at room temperature, loosely covered.
  3. Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth-lined strainer. Discard the solid ingredients and transfer the liquid to bottles or jars.
  4. To make a sorrel cocktail, mix 4 ounces of sorrel with 1 ounce of dark rum like Mount Gay. Stir together and pour over ice cubes into a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with a slice of orange.
Nutrition Facts
Trinidadian Sorrel
Amount Per Serving (1 5-ounce cocktail)
Calories 199 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 14mg1%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Vitamin C 2.2mg3%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.