Trini Sorrel Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:10%

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Trini Sorrel Cocktail is a traditional Trinidadian drink that is often enjoyed during the Christmas season. It is made from the petals of the sorrel plant, which is a type of hibiscus. The drink is known for its vibrant red color and unique, tangy flavor. It's a must-try for those who enjoy fruity and refreshing cocktails.

How Trini Sorrel Tastes?

The Trini Sorrel Cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet and sour with a hint of spice. The sorrel lends a tangy, berry-like flavor that is beautifully balanced by the sweetness of the added sugar. The addition of rum gives it a warm, robust kick that perfectly complements the fruity undertones.

Interesting facts about Trini Sorrel

  • The Trini Sorrel Cocktail is traditionally made with homemade sorrel syrup, which is made by steeping sorrel petals in hot water and sugar.
  • The drink is often served chilled and is a popular choice for holiday parties and festive gatherings.
  • The sorrel plant is also known for its health benefits, including its high vitamin C content and its ability to lower blood pressure.


  • Sorrel syrup: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Rum: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Lime juice: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Sugar: 1tsp
  • Ice: As needed

Sorrel Syrup

Sorrel syrup is the star of the show, providing a tangy and slightly floral note that is quintessential to the Caribbean vibe. Using 2oz ensures the drink isn't too sweet or too sour, striking a balance. Without it, you'd miss the heart of Trini Sorrel. An alternative might be hibiscus syrup, although the flavor profile would shift to be closer to that of a Hibiscus Tea cocktail.

Mary Mitkina


Now, we’ve got 1oz of rum here because it’s a cocktail, not a college dare. This amount of rum adds a warm, comforting buzz without overpowering the sorrel's pizzazz. Skip the rum, and you're left with a virgin - still tasty, but lacking the oomph. Using a spiced rum instead can introduce notes of vanilla and spice, adding complexity.

Alex Green

Lime Juice

Lime Juice adds that citrusy zing, bringing freshness to every sip. At 0.5oz, it's enough to say 'hello' without hijacking your taste buds. Without this, the drink would be like a beach without the ocean. As an alternative, lemon juice could be used, which would make the drink slightly more tart.

Emma Rose


With just 1tsp sugar, we're sweetening the deal but keeping it low-key, avoiding a sugar crash. Too much, and it's a hummingbird feeder; too little, and your face might get stuck on 'pucker'. Substitute with honey or agave syrup for a different kind of sweetness.

Mary Mitkina


Ice is what keeps things cool, literally. As needed is the game here because nobody likes a lukewarm cocktail. Leave it out, and you'll have a room-temp sipper that'll have you wishing for a fridge. No real substitutes - you need ice to chill out!

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Trini Sorrel Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the sorrel syrup, rum, lime juice, and sugar.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is well chilled.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a lime wheel and serve.

Pro Tips

  • For a non-alcoholic version, simply omit the rum.
  • For an extra festive touch, serve the cocktail with a cinnamon stick stirrer.

Perfect Pairings


  • Spicy Grilled Shrimp: The zesty flavor of the Sorrel pairs nicely with a bit of seafood heat.
  • Crispy Plantain Chips: Plantains are a staple in Trinidadian cuisine, making a sweet and salty snack to complement the cocktail's tartness.


  • Grilled Jerk Chicken: The cocktail's slightly spicy and tangy profile enhances the bold spices of the jerk seasoning.
  • Curry Goat: The robust flavors of the curry balance with the refreshing cocktail, creating a harmonious dining experience.


  • Tropical Fruit Salad: Light and fresh with sweet fruits, it would offer a refreshing contrast after the distinctive Sorrel cocktail.
  • Rum Cake: The rum in both the cake and the cocktail create a delightful affinity between the two.

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What you could change in Trini Sorrel

  • If you can't find sorrel syrup, you can substitute it with hibiscus syrup.
  • You can use any type of rum, but a dark rum will give the cocktail a richer flavor.

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Sorrel-Spice Rum Fusion

Use 2 oz of spiced rum instead of regular rum. This will give the cocktail a more wintery feel, perfectly combining the sorrel’s tartness with the warm notes of spices from the rum. Imagine Christmas in the Caribbean - that’s what this twist is all about.

Sorrel-Mint Cooler

Add a handful of fresh mint leaves to the shaker before adding the other ingredients. This minty twist will lend a cool, refreshing layer to the cocktail, making it even more of an oasis on a hot day. It's like the breeze that gently strokes your face while you're chilling on a Trinidadian beach.

Non-Alcoholic Sorrel Delight

Skip the rum and introduce 1oz of ginger beer for a fizzy, ginger-infused version of the cocktail. It's a family-friendly take on the Trini Sorrel that still packs a tangy punch - ideal for those tropical nights when everyone wants to join the party.

In case you forgot basics how to make Trini Sorrel

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Trini Sorrel

Can I use any type of glass for this cocktail?

Yes, you can use any type of glass, but traditionally, it is served in a tall, slender cocktail glass to enhance the visual appeal of the vibrant red color of the cocktail.

Can this cocktail be made in a pitcher or large quantity?

Yes, you can multiply the ingredients proportionally for a larger quantity. But remember to chill it properly before serving.

How long can I store the homemade sorrel syrup?

Homemade sorrel syrup can be stored for up to a month in the refrigerator.

Are there variations of this cocktail?

Yes, variations can include using different types of rum or adding other spices or garnishments based on personal preference.

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