Trini Christmas 
- In Trinidad, Christmas is Parang! (video & holiday recipe roundup) 
- Trinidad Pastelles (recipe) now with Delicious Vegan Option! 
- Punch de Creme (recipe) 
- Sorrel Drink (recipe & video) 
- Carmen’s Jamaican Ginger Beer (recipe) 
- Trinidad Black Cake (recipe) 
- Trinidad Paime (recipe) 
- Jamaican Sorrel Rum Punch (recipe & video)
- QUICK GINGER BEER Recipe at Epicurious.com 
- TRINIDAD EXPRESS FEATURE: Pass The Ponche! (includes recipe for Beetroot Punch de Creme) 
When I first made this in 2006 it was my first time using a pack of dried sorrel for a recipe. I was pleasantly surprised. If you allow it to steep overnight the results are pretty good. The below recipe is my adaptation of the Jamaican Sorrel Rum Punch Recipe at Epicurious.com . Because the pack of dried sorrel that I bought already has cloves added, as well as chunks of cinnamon bark I didn’t need to add any additional flavorings. If you can locate packs like these I highly recommend it.
JAMAICAN SORREL RUM PUNCH (adapted from the following recipe at Epicurious.com )
1 pack pre-spiced dried sorrel -OR- 2 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) dried sorrel calyxes
Two 1-inch cubes of peeled fresh ginger, chopped fine
3 whole cloves (omit if using a pack with spices)
5 3/4 cups water
3 cups sugar
1 amber/dark rum
2 cups ice cubes, or to taste
Lime and orange slices for garnish
1. In a heat-proof bowl combine the sorrel, the ginger and the cloves.
2. In a saucepan bring 5 cups of the water to a boil, pour it over the sorrel mixture, and let the mixture steep overnight.
3. While the mixture is steeping, in a small saucepan bring the remaining 3/4 cup water and the sugar to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved, and let the syrup cool.
4. Strain the sorrel liquid into a pitcher, discarding the solids, stir in the sugar syrup, the rum and the ice cubes, and garnish the punch with the lime and orange slices.
Makes about 8 cups/2 bottles
Watch me talk about, as well as make a batch of sorrel on the second episode of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”
This post was first published December 28, 2006. It has been updated three times since then.