Barbados' Christmas Sorrel Drink Recipe

Sorrel drink is a big part of Christmas in Barbados, although it can be made all year round. The deep red sorrel which is used is an annual plant unlike its perennial relative the European sorrel. Although sorrel syrups and sodas are now available, the traditional homemade sorrel is still the favourite around the holidays.

The Crane is sharing the recipe for the traditional sorrel drink recipe so you can have a taste of Barbados where ever you are in the world.


  • 1 lb dried sorrel
  • 8 cups water
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1.5 tablespoons of grated lemon zest
  • ½ grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup sugar


Place all ingredients in a pot, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Remove and allow ingredients to steep for up to 24 hours.

Strain and discard the sorrel. Double straining is recommended. Taste and add more sugar or sweetener, as needed. Pour into a jug or bottle and chill.

For added taste, you can add ginger ale to the mixture and for an extra Christmas kick, add some rum! Serve over ice and enjoy!

Try this sorrel recipe and let us know how much you enjoyed this taste of Barbados!