Shortly after All Saint’s Day in November, there is a seasonal abundance of oranges and mandarins on the island. For this reason Shrubb, an orange liqueur, is Martinique’s traditional Christmas beverage. You can buy a commercial bottle from any grocery store, but all the best ones are homemade.
Macerate peels of oranges, mandarins, and tangerines in white rum with cane sugar and other spices, and then leave the bottle in the sun to allow the flavours to marinate. It’s similar to Cointreau, though slightly spicier.
Other festive drinks you should stock up on are Punch Coco (a creamy rum punch made with coconut milk), Alexandra (a creamy grenadine-based liqueur), sorrel (a juice made with hibiscus flowers), and, of course, champagne.