Zobo Drink

    Zobo drink is a familiar beverage loved by Nigerians. Just like the fruit juice, you wouldn’t require any artificial ingredients or coloring in most cases. I would personally recommend just natural ingredients (zobo leaves, ginger, cloves).

    But most Nigerians wouldn’t have zobo without the accompanying sweetness. It is said to have health benefits, I love how it’s easy to prepare and how refreshing it is.

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    About The Zobo Drink Recipe

    Just in case you’re still confused as to what I’m talking about, the more generally accepted name for this Nigerian drink recipe is Hibiscus Tea or Sorrel drink depending on what part of the World you come from.

    It is a refreshing drink, made out of steeping mauve-colored dried leaves in warm water. It is caffeine-free and has calcium, carotene, and iron, which are all nutritionally necessary.

    Benefits Of Zobo Drink

    This drink has many advantages: easy to make, affordable, tasty, refreshing, and has a lot of healthy benefits.

    Some of the health benefits of sorrel include;

    • Its ability to boost eyesight
    • Reduces cholesterol
    • Strengthen the immune system
    • Improve digestion
    • Build strong bones
    • Increase circulation and increase energy levels
    • Prevent cancer, reduce certain skin conditions
    • Improve kidney health and strengthen heart health.

    To enjoy the health benefits of Zobo, you’ve got to retain its natural goodness as much as possible. The addition of artificial sweeteners may interfere with its natural nutrients.

    Is Zobo Drink Good For Pregnant Women?

    It is not safe for pregnant women in their first trimester though, because it induces menstruation and may lead to a miscarriage.

    How To Make Zobo Drink 

    This one is not Indomie that you’ll just pour inside the pot and start cooking. Some preparations precede the directions.

    If you neglect them for one reason or the other, whatever you end up with, drink it like that.

    Before you make

    • Rinse out the dust from the zobo leaves with cold water.
    • Grind the cloves into powder.
    • Wash and peel the skin of the ginger and blend roughly.
    • Wash, peel and cut the pineapple into thin slices.

    How To Preserve Zobo Drink

    Since this drink is easy to produce at home, packaged in polyethene containers, and sold as a source of income for most families, lime juice as a preservative is recommended to prolong the shelf life.
    Here are other preservative methods I recommend; I suggest you use either of the following methods to preserve your drink.

    Freeze it: Mind you, this is for people who have a constant electricity supply (don’t look at me, I’m not among them). If you’re also not in that category, look at option 2.

    Ration & Dry it: Properly measure the exact quantity you and your family need and dry the rest under the Sun. Leave it always crispy and dry.

    Use food preservatives: A small number of food spices can significantly contribute a great deal to the preservation of this drink, some of which are Lime, Garlic Ginger mixture, Kola nut, Cinnamon, and Nutmeg.

    Do you now know how to make a Zobo drink (Hibiscus Tea/Sorrel drink)? Let us know in the comments section.

    Health Benefits of Zobo Drink

    Zobo Drink

    Beatrice IgeBeatrice Ige
    Zobo is a refreshing drink, made out of steeping mauve colored dried leaves in warm water. It is caffeine free.
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 15 minutes
    Course Drinks
    Cuisine Nigerian
    Calories 185 kcal


    • pineapple
    • zobo leaves (steeping mauve colored dried leaves)
    • ginger
    • sugar


    • Wash the zobo leaves in order to remove the dust from the leaves.
      zobo leaves (steeping mauve colored dried leaves)
    • Peel the pineapple and use the back of the pineapple.
    • Put the zobo leaves, pineapple back with the ginger and cook on medium heat. Cook for like 10mins.
    • When done you will see the colour of the drink will come out.
    • Pour the boiled leaves into a sieve, so as to separate the leave from the water.
    • Let it cool and add sugar to taste.
    • Serve chilled, ENJOY.


    Calories: 185kcal
    Keyword Drink, Zobo
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