Karly’s Jamaican Sorrel Wine

Karly’s Jamaican Sorrel Wine

It is a custom to serve Sorrel Wine with Fruit Cake for the festive season. Some folks even serve cake with a slice of cheddar cheese or pour a little rum sauce.

  • Course: Beverage
  • Cuisine: Jamaican
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Chill Time: 4 hours
  • Servings: 8 Glasses
  • Equipment: Large mason jar with cover, Cheesecloth bag



  • 1 gallon of boiling water
  • 3 - 5oz dried sorrel
  • grated fresh ginger
  • 12 grains allspice berries
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 orange peel
  • Sugar (sweeten to taste)
  • 3 cups Sangria


  1. Bring water to boil in a kettle.
  2. Place sorrel, ginger, berries, cloves, and orange peel in a cheesecloth bag .
  3. Place the cheesecloth bag in a glass jar and add boiling water. 
  4. Let mixture steep for about an hour in the jar or over night.
  5. Remove bag from jar and sweeten to taste.
  6. Add 3 cups of Sangria or more.
  7. Serve over ice and garnish with orange and lime wedges.

(For fermentation add a few counts of rice grain to the glass jar, cover and place in a dark area or refrigerate. The drink can be prepared weeks in advance of Christmas Day) 


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