Sobolo is the Ghanaian name for a drink 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 the Hibiscus tea/drink drunk 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.
- One cup of dried Hibiscus leaves
- Five cups of boiling water
- Three table spoons of sugar
- One cup fresh pineapple juice
- Half a cup of 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 the sugar is 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 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.