Drink Like a Caribbean, No Passport Required
In Guyana and the Caribbean, rum is the most popular liquor to drink. Of course, many in Guyana and the rest of the world know about El Dorado Rums, which have won international awards. I picked up a couple of these on a trip to Guyana this year, and some of my cousins got the tour of the Diamond Distillery, and saw some of the old wooden stills that produced such great rums. In particular, I bought the rum distilled from the Port Mourant Still because most of my relatives are from Berbice. The base ingredients for this cocktail, sorrel is used throughout the Caribbean to make a popular non-alcoholic Sorrel Drink. This recipe is a Maryland-Caribbean mix using a locally produced rum and sorrel obtained here. You can, however use any rum you prefer but why not a local hand crafted local rum? I got mine from both Guyana and the Eastern Shore in Maryland.
Caribbean Sorrel Cocktail
A tasty Caribbean cocktail. Enjoy during the holidays or anytime.
- 2 quarts water
- 6 ounces dried red sorrel buds
- 4 ounces ginger, sliced thin
- Simple syrup, as needed
- 2 ounces lime juice
- 4 ounces rum (recommended: Local Maryland craft like Picaroon Maryland Rum, Lady Anne Rum or Blue Dyer Rum or Guyana El Dorado Rum.
- Step 1 Bring the water to a boil, remove from the heat
- Step 2 Add the sorrel and ginger.
- Step 3 Let steep about 4 hours.
- Step 4 Strain and keep in pitcher or container.
- Step 5 Cocktail for two:
- Step 6 Add ice cubes to a shaker.
- Step 7 Add about 2 or 3 ounces strained Sorrel juice,
- Step 8 Add 2 ounces simple syrup
- Step 9 Add a splash of lime juice
- Step 10 Add 1.5ozs rum.
- Step 11 Shake well and pour into two glasses.