Hibiscus Drink Recipe: How to Make Nigerian Zobo Drink

Hibiscus drink recipe has many advantages. It is very easy to prepare, available, affordable, tasty, refreshing with lots of amazing health benefits.

It is produced from dried Roselle plant flowers (Hibiscus Sabdariffa) and is well known by Nigerians as zobo.

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Zobo, Sobo or Zoborodo is a healthy popular Nigerian drink made from the dried red calyces and sepals of the Roselle plant, known as sobo leaves in Nigeria.

Sobo drink as it is commonly called in Nigeria is derived from the name of its parent plant called Zoborodo, which is also an Hausa drink.

This African drink is also known as Roselle drink and called Sorrel drink in the Carribean.

Hibiscus Drink Recipe’s Origin and Naming

The name originally came from Nigeria, West Africa, however, since this traditional Nigerian drink started gaining popularity all over the world and consumed in many places, now the drink is being called by various names.

Hibiscus tea is also known as Zobo in Nigeria is ruby red in colour and has a sour taste. Therefore, it is also known as sour tea.

This Hibiscus drink is also popularly called Bissap drink in Senegal, Sobolo in Ghana, Sorrel in most of the Caribbean, Agua de Jamaica in South America, Karkade in parts of Northern Africa, Rosella in Indonesia, Roselle in English-speaking countries and many other names from different areas as well.

Where to Buy Zobo Leaves

Dried bissap leaves can be easily sourced from local markets at very affordable prices in Nigeria. There you can get sorrel drink for sale in case you cannot make yours at home.

Hibiscus Drink Recipe Leaves
Hibiscus Drink Recipe Leaves

Sobo is usually served as a chilled refreshing drink, but can also be enjoyed as a relaxing hot tea and the leaves can also be used in the production of jams/jelly, food coloring, syrups, and soups/sauces.

According to several scientific investigations, the consumption of Zobo leaves, whether in form of tea, jams, or sauces is said to help reduce high blood pressure, aid digestion, promote the health of the urinary tract and also great for overall body health.

Zobo Drink Nutritional Values

Zobo drink is a very nutritious drink and it is cheap. Regular intake of this drink can fight nutritional deficiencies and prevent malnutrition.

Some important and vital nutrients provided by bissap drink are carotenes, vitamin C, thiamine, calcium, fat, iron, fiber, phosphorous, riboflavin, and niacin.

All these nutrients boost your health and improve the functions of various tissues, organs, and systems in the body. This Nigerian drink strengthens the immune system and improves your overall health

Benefits and Side Effects of Sorrel Hibiscus Drink

Hibiscus tea/juice is not only refreshing, it can also be used to regulate blood pressure, contain anti diabetic properties, reduces cholesterol, strengthens blood vessels, calms the nerves, reduces stress, for weight loss, and to treat fertility in men by improving sperm quality.

However, it is not advisable for a pregnant woman to drink Hibiscus juice as it can stimulate bloodstream and make the menstruation comes then lead to abortion. Breastfeeding woman is also suggested not to drink it as it can endanger the mother and her baby.

In addition, regular consumers should also not drink Zobo too much as continual consumption can give bad impact to their kidney

How to Make Zobo Drink

Zobo leaves are also known as African hibiscus leaves are gotten from the plant Hibiscus which is a flowering plant.

Zobo drink is extracted from those leaves through steam distillation of the leaves. More on the production process of sorrel hibiscus drink will be addressed below.

The African Hibiscus leaves are also known as Roselle leaves. The leaves are first dried before they are used to make zobo drink recipe.

Hibiscus Drink Recipe

It is very easy to prepare your own West African red tea recipe at home. All you need are the following items.


  • Dried hibiscus leaves
  • Water
  • Spices like cinnamon, ginger, etc(naija flavour)
  • Fruits like pineapple bark, orange, lemon. etc
  • Sugar (optional)

Preparation of Hibiscus Drink Recipe

  1. First, wash the Roselle leaves with clean water
  2. Then, put it inside put, add water and boil it for about 15 minutes
  3. After that, add your sliced fruits and spices
  4. Fourthly, boil it for additional 20 minutes
  5. Finally, remove it from the fire and sieve off the chaffs
  6. Your Nigerian zobo drink is ready.

Serve with ice and sliced fruits. Enjoy it on a hot sunny day with Nigerian Meat Pie, Buns, puff puff and any other Nigerian snacks.

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