Shama Juice

Sorrel Flower

When I lived in Jamaica, I learned to make an incredibly healthy sorrel punch that is served universally throughout the island during the holiday season. I later learned that this is not just a Jamaican thang, but a worldwide delight that can be consumed at any time.  

Sorrel (known by countless names from many cultures from the Middle East to South America, Thailand and beyond) is a medicinal plant with powerful antioxidant properties. Rich in vitamins and minerals, it detoxifies the body, lowers blood pressure and bad cholesterol.

In my continuous quest to find meaningful but economical things to produce as Christmas gifts this year, I settled on sorrel punch as the perfect gift for family and friends. I renamed it “Shama Juice” and, in coming days, will present hand crafted bottles as an offering to my beloveds — with a wish that they “live long and prosper.” (Those who are Trekkies will appreciate that thought more than most.)

Label - Sorrel Juice

SORREL PUNCH
(makes 6X 750ml bottles)

INGREDIENTS

1 gallon water
6 cups sorrel
2 cups sugar (natural)
2 cups rum (optional, overproof is best)

SEASONING

6” ginger root (unpeeled, sliced thin)
¼ cup cloves
2 tbs allspice
6x cinnamon sticks
¼ cup lime juice
¼ cup rice (white)

DIRECTIONS

PUT sorrel & seasoning in a large pot
BOIL on high heat for about 15 minutes
SET ASIDE to steep for at least 24 hours
STRAIN off all the seasoning
ADD sugar
MIX WELL
ADD rum (optional; or just serve as a mixer)
BOTTLE & CORK (using sterilized recycled wine bottles)
REFRIGERATE (can be kept for 2+ weeks)

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