Chappy Hour: Sorrel Punch + de book of Mary

December 23, 2015 by Tan Light

In de book of Mary (Mawenzi House), poet Pamela Mordecai puts a Jamaican spin on the traditional Christmas Story. To accompany my selection from this epic poem, I selected the traditional Jamaican Christmas drink, Sorrel Punch.

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In de book of Mary (Mawenzi House), poet Pamela Mordecai puts a Jamaican spin on the traditional Christmas Story. To accompany my selection from this epic poem, I selected the traditional Jamaican Christmas drink, Sorrel Punch.

 

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What You Need:

2 ½ cups dried sorrel*
3 oz. fresh ginger, grated
5 pimento berries
10 cups boiling water
2 cups sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
¾ cup white rum

Makes 10 cups

*in a pinch, you can use hibiscus tea to make this infusion.
 

What to Do:

Place sorrel, ginger, and pimento berries in a large pot or mixing bowl. Pour boiling water over the ingredients; stir and place in fridge overnight to steep. Using a large strainer, pour the steeped liquid into another container; use a spoon to squeeze more liquid out of the sorrel. Add sugar, lemon juice, and rum to sorrel and stir until sugar has dissolved. Serve!

 

What to Read:

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Read an excerpt from de book of Mary by Pamela Mordecai here.

 

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