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Caribbean Sorrel Drink Recipe by Vinna Best

From the Bahamas in the north to Trinidad and Tobago in the south, sorrel juice is enjoyed as a refreshing drink “back home” in the Caribbean. There are many ways in which sorrel juice is made, but here’s the basic how-to recipe to making the juice in your kitchen.


  • 1 ½  cups dried sorrel petals / fresh sorrel, rinsed
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1 big cinnamon stick or 3 small cinnamon sticks
  • 1-2 piece of dried orange peel
  • 4 cloves or 1 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 5 pimento seeds (allspice seeds)
  • Thumb of ginger, chopped
  • Sugar or maple syrup, sweeten to your taste
  • Orange, sliced in quarters for garnish (optional)


  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Inactive Time: 5 Hours
  • Cooking Time:  0 Minutes
  • Total Time: 10 Minutes
  • Serves: 8 People

How To Make Caribbean Sorrel Juice

  1. Rinse the sorrel petals thoroughly to get rid of any debris.
  2. Add the sorrel, cinnamon stick, orange peel, cloves, pimento seeds, and ginger using a large bowl.
  3. Then pour boiling water over the bowl until it covers the ingredients and stir thoroughly.
  4. Cover the bowl and let it steep for up to 5 hours.
  5. Pour the sorrel mixture into the sieve and allow it to strain into another bowl/jug.
  6. For a second time, pour the sorrel mixture into the first bowl using a sieve, allowing it to strain.
  7. Set aside the sorrel pieces and spices for another recipe.
  8. Sweeten to your taste by adding the sugar or syrup to the strained mixture, then stir to combine.
  9. Refrigerate to chill.
  10. When ready to drink, sweeten or dilute the juice to your taste.
  11. Add a slice of orange to garnish (optional).
  12. Enjoy.


  • Sorrel: The sorrel will become more potent the longer it steeps in hot water.
  • Measurements: Sweeten to your taste!
  • Storage: Keep sorrel for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.


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