With its bloodlike colour and sour taste, it is no surprise Zobo drink is a staple beverage in Nigeria. Some people refer to the Zobo leaves as Hibiscus flower. It can also be called Sorrel drink or Roselle drink just like the Caribbeans.

Zobo drink is made from dried Rossel (Hibiscus Sabdariffa) and comes with a lot of health benefits. It strengthens blood vessels, calms the nerves and reduces stress. Interestingly, you can decide to make it as natural as possible or choose to spice it up with any flavour of your choice. Also, you can store it in the fridge for a very long time and even serve to guests whenever they come visiting.

So, let us discuss quickly how to make Zobo drinks;


  • 2 cups of dry Zobo leaves
  • 1 ripe Pineapple
  • 2 fresh Ginger stumps
  • 5 litres of Water
  • 1 Garlic (Optional)

Before going ahead to make the Zobo drink, here are a few steps you should take;

  1. Thoroughly wash the Zobo leaves to clean out the dust and dirt that might have gathered in it while in the stall or wherever it was kept.
  2. Wash, peel and blend the ginger.
  3. Cut the Pineapple into thin slices.
  4. Wash and blend the ginger, if you will be using it.

How to prepare:

  1. Toss the Zobo leaves in a pot, add water and allow to boil at medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  2. You can then add the Pineapple slices afterwards, the Garlic and Ginger if you like.
  3. Add more water and allow to bowl for about 25 minutes.
  4. Turn off the stove, set the pot aside and allow it to cool down.
  5. After it is cool, squeeze out the juice from the leaves and sieve the juice to ensure no particles in it.
  6. Pour into a keg, bottle or just any container that you can put in a refrigerator and leave in the fridge for as long as you want.
  7. You can garnish with either a slice of lemon, lime or orange when you serve and always ensure you serve chilled.

In less than 40 minutes, you have the popular Zobo drink readily available in your fridge. You can enjoy your meal or snacks with Zobo this weekend.

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