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Spiced Sorrel & A ‘Taste’ of What’s To Come

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And so it begins.

Woo hoo! The countdown has started for Taste of Cayman 2013!  Are you ready?  I sure as heck am!  Last year, The Deep Dish teamed up with the Cayman Islands Tourism Association in what is undoubtedly our most successful and drool-worthy series to date.

TDD featured ten of the more than 40 restaurants that set up booths and whipped up sample sized versions of some of their most popular and delicious dishes at Taste of Cayman 2012.  There were reviews, recipes and even a few giveaways ;)

We’re rebooting the series for 2013 and to kick off the party, CITA is sharing a great cocktail for the holiday season.  This classic Caymanian drink is as much a part of the holiday season as the Christmas Breezes.

Spiced Sorrel by CITA
You will need:

1 lb sorrel sepals
1″ of ginger, minced and crushed
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp orange zest
2 litres of water
8 tbsp sugar

Optional
White Rum

  • Separate sepals from seeds and rinse
  • Add sorrel, ginger, orange zest into large container (or 6 canning jars, if you’re like me)
  • Pour in boiling water and cover with cloth. Set aside for at least 24 hours
  • Add sugar (and rum) to taste.  Set aside for another 24 hours
  • Bottle and chill!

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18 Comments

  1. I need to get my tushy to the Cayman’s. Is there a bus service perhaps by chance ;) Your having too much fun!

  2. Hmm. Decisions, decisions. Should we add the rum or not? This looks fabulous, Carsley, and certainly nothing I’ve ever tasted before. Another reason to visit!

  3. I need to move in with you. Or trade lives. Your foodie experience is way cooler than mine. Spiced Sorrel, seriously, jealousy abounds.

  4. Learn something new every day :) Had to google sorrel – very interesting! Loving the brillant red color and the idea that it has a slight citrus note.

  5. Yum, I was thinking sorrel was what Nancy said, never knew the difference. Did you get a new site or something, was wondering why your feed didn’t show up anymore. I bet a year seemed like a long time to wait for the ToC. Happy Holidays.
    -Gina-

  6. I’m embarrassed to admit that I just had to Google to find out what sorrel is. ;) What a gorgeous drink–the color is so perfect for the holidays too!

  7. In Mexico we also use sorrel for a drink but we call it agua de Jamaica or Jamaican water. I love the taste of it and can image how great it would be with rum.

  8. this looks great never had sorrel would love to visit the Islands one day

  9. i am so glad this drink is non-alcoholic. this would be perfect with my holiday dinner!

  10. Fantastic cocktail! The flavors sound really tasty, and it’s the perfect color for the season!

  11. This beverage is so beautiful and festive and the marriage of these ingredients sound incredible. I can’t wait to try this.

  12. Oh my this drink is so gorgeous and I’m sure it is amazing in person. I love the bright red color – perfect for the holidays. Thanks for the nice blog-visit, too!

  13. Wonderful color!

  14. This is so nice, bright and love the color but am wondering what is sorrel? Never heard of it. Ok, I need to google to find out now.

  15. Yum! Seasonal drinks are my favorite. Ill have to try this one out.

    Can’t wait to hear all about this year’s Taste of Cayman!

  16. This classic Caymanian drink looks so beautiful! I love the gorgeous Christmas red color! Wow, it’s so hard to believe one year has passed since last year’s Taste of Cayman. I look forward to your new report!

    • Hmm looks great – and its definitely a very STRONG recipe that will yield you some yummy sorrel! Spiced rum works good too, although, I actually prefer my sorrel “virgin” – with the sugar and the hint of spices, it’s all the refreshment I need :) .

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