It Ain’t Christmas without Sorrel
For me Christmas is all about family, friends and food. I don’t do gifts. But I will feed you and be fed. I will nourish my soul in the presence of people I love and hope that I give them some spiritual sustenance to help end their year on a high.
For the past three years, I’ve headed down to Broadway Market on the Saturday before Christmas to pick up one of those all important Christmas food items. Whilst I’m there I’ll inevitably gobble down a burger, treat myself to a trinket from a stall and pick up 150g of anchovy stuffed olives. Seriously delicious! But the main aim of this trip is Roxy’s Of London Sorrel.
For years, I’ve only ever had Sorrel homemade or from a West Indian food shop, so when I discovered this brand on a chance trip to Broadway Market, I knew my Sorrel game had leveled up for good.
If you know, then you know. But if you don’t... Sorrel is a traditional West Indian herbal drink made from sorrel flower buds also know as hibiscus. It’s slowly brewed with ginger, sugar, cinnamon and other delicious things. It’s got a bit of a mulled wine vibe, but it’s alcohol free (although plenty choose to add white rum) and you drink it cold. It’s like Caribbean Christmas in a glass.
This year, I had to wait for a package to arrive before I could leave. Once it did, I don’t think I’ve ever scrambled out of my flat so quick. You see. This stuff sells out. Fast. But like I said in the title, it just ain’t Christmas without it.
One day I might learn to make it myself, or perhaps just order it online, but I do like my little Broadway Market Christmas tradition.
PS: It doesn’t have aloe vera in, but that was the closet thing I’ve got to a Christmas tree! Plus is ain’t a West Indian kitchen without an aloe vera plant and a radio in sight at all times!