These are our go-to locally made juices. They are easy to come across as well as easy on the pockets. They are nutritious and delicious also. Here’s a list of our top six:
Kunu, also known as Kunu Zaki, is a non-alcoholic Nigerian beverage made of germinated grain known as millet. This drink is popular in Northern Nigeria and prepared mostly by the Hausas. The key ingredient used in preparing kunu, millet, is very nutritious and beneficial to human health, thus making kunu a very nutritional drink.
Palm wine is an alcoholic beverage created from the sap of various species of palm tree such as the palmyra, date palms, and coconut palms. Most times, they are hawked on the street by men riding bicycles. Most people from the eastern part of Nigeria boasts that they have the best palmwine. Others in the badagry area of Lagos state would readily disagree.
Zobo drink is a familiar beverage loved by Nigerians. It is produced from dried Hibiscus leaves. This bright red drink is loved both for every day and as a refreshment drink in parties. This drink has many advantages: available, affordable, tasty, refreshing and have a lot healthy benefit.
Fura de Nono
When I first saw fura, I thought it was Kunu. It was being hawked by a young Hausa girl. When I called her, I asked how much her kunu was. She answered in the clearest English that she could that it was fura not kunu. Fura da Nono as the Hausas call it or Fura de nunu as the majority of Nigerians choose to refer to it, is a very healthy and satisfying food. Nono or Nunu is a local yogurt with thick lumps produced from the fermentation of cow milk.
Skoochies is one of those locally-made cocktails cut from the same cloth as drinks like monkey tail or that heinous thing known simply as ‘mixture’. The red coloured drink is made by mixing gin, fresh lime juice, cranberry juice or zobo, depending on how lucky you are, and the juice from boiled marijuana.
This is the name given to locally made herbal drinks that have been known traditionally to cure various illnesses. From malaria to typhoid fever, you name it. From the east to the west to the north and south, women can be seen hawking this drinks. All you need to do is tell these women your ailment and voila! They present you with agbo that will chase all your pains away. Agbo comes in two variants. There is one that is alcohol based, while there is another that is water based.