I have been looking forward to a glass of sorrel. I could pick up some from the store, but it just doesn’t taste the same to me as if it was homemade especially homemade in Trinidad.
Sorrel is a strange looking fruit that we from the West Indies ( Caribbean ) make a drink from every year to celebrate the Christmas season.
It is strange how certain food or drink reminds me of people. I find that I can’t think of sorrel without remembering my grandmother adding a little rum to our sorrel as a treat for helping with all the last minute chores necessary to get the house ready for Christmas. (My grannie has been dead now for about 12 years. Now she loved to entertain.) Oh and don’t be upset, yes we were young, but my Grandparents believed that we… all my cousins and me should learn what the taste of alcohol is like so that no one could ever get us drunk, so my grandfather actually lined us up one day and gave us a taste of the various liquors we may have encountered in a party and to be honest we all can handle our alcohol. ( Yes I can handle my alcohol, but I really am not much of a drinker. One or two on a special occassion …anyway I digress.) That drink of sorrel was just the best that I ever had. I think it had more to do with the fact that we were all happy to be with each other getting the house ready than the rum did.
Now Jamaicans make their sorrel with rum, but sorry it just doesn’t work for me. It is a little bit too sweet and just a tad bit too thick and oh way too much ginger. And I have found that I don’t nearly enjoy it as the sorrel that I grow up on. Which luckily I get to sample this Christmas as I get to spend Christmas in Trinidad for the first time in five years. My Trini friend Fay best describes the Trini Christmas experience.
Of course, the Sorrel is not the only thing that I will cherish. I am looking forward to the huge family gatherings because along with sorrel Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without love and family.