Sobolo is made out of dried hibiscus/rosella leaves. This is a highly popular beverage in Ghana and other West African countries. It is slightly different from those drank in different parts of the world. Sobolo drink is called Bissap in Burkina Faso and Zobo in Nigeria. It tastes a bit grapey and a little bit like cranberry juice and can be served with mint leaves. It can also be served with any flavoring of one’s choice; sometimes with pineapple juice, tea grass, vanilla and many others. Sobolo drink also has a lot of medicinal benefits. It help blood pressure regulated, helps in cutting cholesterol levels. It reduces menstrual cramps and speeds up digestion which is effective in weight control.
- 1 cup dried hibiscus leaves
- 5 cups boiling water
- 3 tbsp sugar
- ½ cup ground ginger
- Any fruit or vegetable slices for garnishing
- First, take four cups of water and let them boil, add the Hibiscus leaves and boil for about 15 minutes or until the water changes to a deep red color.
- Once it has brewed to your satisfaction, separate the leaves from the liquid.
- In a different bowl, pour boiled water. Pour 3 table spoons of sugar to the water and stir until all has dissolved.
- Take the one cup of fresh pineapple juice and the ginger and pour it in the sugar and water mixture. Stir thoroughly.
- Add the mixture to the sobolo juice and whisk together thoroughly.
- Let it cool for at least 2 hours.
- Cut up some apples, cucumber, watermelons, orange rind slices or any fruit or vegetables you feel comfortable with into the sobolo to garnish it properly.