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Jamaican black sorrel drink

Jamaican black sorrel drink

Jamaican black sorrel drink recipe. There are three varieties of sorrel grown in Jamaica, black, red and white. My favourite is the black sorrel because it doesn't have a sour taste as the other varieties. Christmas is around the corner and sorrel drink is the official Christmas beverage in Jamaica. This is the none alcohol version

Jamaican black sorrel drink

Warning! Sorrel is high in oxalic acid, so it may not be good for everyone. Oxalic acid may aggravate rheumatism, gout and kidney stones, so one has to take small doses. As sorrel ages, it tends to build up more acid because of the presence of oxalic acid, which actually gets stronger and tastes more prominent. Sorrel is a natural laxative, so overconsumption could result in problems for the drinkers

black sorrel


2 lbs. black sorrel

3 oz. ginger root

4 cups water

10 pimento seeds (berries) (also called allspice)


Wash sorrel thoroughly.  Put washed sorrel into a container. Pour water into a big enough pot, then add the pimento and ginger. Cover pot and boil for 5 minutes then pour the boiling water into the container with the sorrel. Cover and steep (in Jamaica, we say draw and not steep) sorrel overnight on the countertop

Jamaican sorrel steeping

In the morning, strain off sorrel juice, then sweeten with your favourite sweetener, put to be chilled or served with ice


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