• 1 lb. sorrel
  • 11 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 cloves

Christmas is not Christmas in Trinidad without some sorrel. It’s the first ‘soft’ thing a Trini asks for after touching down in Piarco at Christmas. Here is a very simple recipe for sorrel that shouldn’t take more than 45mins (includes cooling time).


  1. Clean the sorrel to remove any old leaves and bugs that may have snuck in there
  2. Separate the sepals from the seed by cutting a round circle just below the ‘spines’. Note: Don’t touch the seeds with your bare hands! There are some fine ‘hairs’ that will penetrate the skin and makes for a rather uncomfortable experience. You dont want to be thinking about this while enjoying your sorrel :)
  3. Wash thoroughly but not too vigorously
  4. Place all ingredients except sugar in a tall pot. This is important as the mixture tends to froth and bubble up
  5. Boil for approx 20 minutes or until the sepals looks whiteish
  6. Strain the mixture and add sugar to taste before it cools
  7. Cool mixture and enjoy a glass before bottling the rest!

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