How to Prepare Zobo Drink

How to Prepare Zobo Drink

The Zobo Drink recipe is a drink well consumed in all parts of Nigeria. It is made of Roselle or hibiscus leaves. It makes a great occasion drink. In addition, it offers a lot of health benefits, which makes it one of the healthiest drinks. In this article, I will be teaching you how to prepare your delicious drink so that after tasting it, it will keep you wanting to make more and more of it.

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Equipment for Making Zobo Drink

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Ingredients for Making Zobo Drink

The following ingredients are needed when preparing Zobo Drink:

4 cups of dry zobo leaves

2 spoons of ground ginger

1 tablespoon of cloves (kaninfari)

2 slices of pineapples

7 litres of water

6 small pieces of potash (kanwa) or baking powder.



Foster Clarks, Nutri C, and Jolly Juice (optional)


Procedure for Preparing Zobo Drink

STEP 1: Pour the zobo leaves into a clean tray and remove dirt and stones.

STEP 2: Pour the leaves into a clean bowl and add some clean water. Then;

STEP 3: Rinse out the dust from the zobo leaves with clean water. When well rinsed, pour into a clean pot.

STEP 4: Over medium heat, place the pot and allow it to boil. Add potash or baking powder.

STEP 5: Wash and cut the pineapples into thin slices and add them to the pot. Allow it to continue boiling for at least 30 minutes.

STEP 6: When the zobo leaves are completely soft, turn off the heat and set them aside to cool for more than 20 minutes.

STEP 7: Stir the zobo leaves, and then pour the zobo into a cheesecloth to remove the leaves and tiny particles. You will have a red-like liquid in the clean bowl. Then;

STEP 8: Add water to the quantity you want.

STEP 9: Also, add the ground ginger and your kanamfari (cloves), sugar, and flavor. Stir very well until the sugar completely dissolves.

STEP 10: You could also add Foster Clark, Jolly Juice, and/or Nutri-C.

STEP 11: Slice your cucumber into small particles and set it aside. Then;

STEP 12: Pour the drinks into bottles and add slices of cucumber to each of them.

STEP 13: Your Zobo drink is ready!

How to Serve Zobo Drink

The Zobo drink recipe is served chilled. You could serve it alone or with Cincin, Fanke (puff-puff), Doughnut, Fankasau, or any snack of your choice. In addition, it can also go with solid foods like Tuwon Shinkafa, Moi Moi, Danwake, etc.

Occasions to Serve Zobo Drink Best

This drink can be served on any occasion, as long as it is well packaged. You could take it together with your breakfast, lunch, or dinner meals. It is also a good dessert.

How to Store Zobo Drink

The most logical advice is to keep this drink in the freezer—not just in the refrigerator, but in the coldest part of it. Store it there for as long as you want.

Zobo drinks recipes, if not properly stored, spoil easily. It lasts for just 24 hours at its best quality.

Nutritional Value of Zobo Drink

Zobo drinks help relieve menstrual pain, manage high blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, protect the liver, promote weight loss, etc. It also serves as an anti-inflammatory agent, anti-bacterial agent, anti-depressant agent, among others.


To the best of my knowledge, this is the most commonly consumed drink in Nigeria. We often pay money to buy them to take. Since it is something that we consume often, why don’t learn how to make it ourselves?

Try it and tell me your experience in the comments section below.

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