An outspoken aunt of mine once said that she cannot eat her food without a good drink. The people of the Caribbean take their food and drinks seriously, and it comes as no surprise that we take our holiday meals (feasts to be more accurate) seriously as well! Here are the Top 5 Caribbean Drinks to enjoy during the holidays!
1.) Sorrel. Most popular in Trinidad and Tobago during Christmas time, Sorrel is a classic drink for the holidays! Made from the sepals of the sepal flower, both dried and fresh sorrel can be used to create this drink. Sorrel is easy to find at your local Caribbean shop and is high in Vitamin C.
2.) Spiced Rum. The Caribbean is known to be “the heart of the Rum World,” and during the holiday season, spiced rum is extremely popular in every Caribbean island. Common spices blended with rum are vanilla bean, orange zest, cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, and allspice.
3.) Caribbean Cocktail. The Caribbean Cocktail provides a myriad of choices, ranging from the Piña Colada, the Cuban Libre, to the classic “Painkiller” (a perfect blend of classic Rum and Coconut Rum), popular at any Caribbean holiday party!
4.) Classic Rum Punch. A Caribbean holiday party would be incomplete without the classic Rum Punch. Similar to the Caribbean Cocktail in its versatility, the Caribbean Rum Punch can include tropical fruit, bitters, sodas, fruit juices, dark rum, and white rum.
5.) Ponche de Crème. This drink is known to be the “Trinidadian Version of Egg Nog” and is extremely popular during Christmas time. The main ingredients include milk, eggs, sugar, and rum. Many other flavors that can be added to Ponce de Crème such as: cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and lemon rind.
Want to learn how to make Sorrel or Rum Punch? Check out these recipes:
Cheers to the Season of love, giving, and unity!