All posts tagged: drinks

Sorrel | Sweet & Sorrel


Hello all! I am really excited for today’s post, because I FINALLY get to post the recipe that serves as the inspiration for this blog. A lot of people have asked me why I chose the name Sweet & Sorrel. When I got the idea for this blog, I knew I wanted it to be inspired by the things I ate growing up in a Caribbean household, and it was important to me that the name of the blog reflect that as well. I spent time thinking about some of my favorite foods and (after deciding that Oxtail wasn’t going to fit neatly into a blog name), I settled on Sweet & Sorrel. Sorrel is the name for a Jamaican drink that is made with dried sorrel (i.e. hibiscus) flowers, ginger, spices, and (of course) rum. This drink means a lot to me and I’m so delighted to share it with you all. No twists, no amendments, just my mom’s recipe. Sorrel is usually a special event drink (because it takes a lot of time …

Mango Papaya Smoothie | Sweet & Sorrel

Tropical Mango Papaya Smoothie

Summertime is by far my favorite time of year. So, its not by chance that I decided to start this blog during the summer. After all, this is the time when fruits are at their peak, making it a perfect time for this Mango Papaya Smoothie! This smoothie brings back memories of me picking mangoes from the mango tree in the yard of my childhood home in Jamaica. And it also involves one of my mom’s favorite fruits, the papaya. It’s a bit hard to describe a papaya to someone who has never had it before. It looks like a really large Caribbean avocado (in Jamaica we call avocados “pear”). When ripe, the inside of the papaya turns a vibrant orange color, and is filled with lots of small, black seeds (don’t eat them!). A ripe Caribbean papaya is sweet, juicy, and ooh soo GOOD! And bonus, papayas are filled with Vitamin C and other antioxidants. Don’t you just love it when things that are tasty are also good for you?!If you can’t find fresh …