Updated: Apr 18
Zobo is a refreshing Nigerian drink that is made from the dried sepals of the Hibiscus sabdariffa plant, also known as roselle. This drink has its roots in West Africa and is commonly served at social gatherings, parties, and events. It has a tart, fruity flavor and is enjoyed both hot and cold. In this recipe, we will provide a detailed guide on how to make zobo, including its calorie intake, allergy concerns, spicy level, healthy alternatives, and kitchen equipment and ingredients that can be purchased on Amazon.
2 cups dried hibiscus flowers (also called Zobo leaves)
1 cup sliced ginger
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp cloves
1 cup honey or sugar
2 liters of water
A large pot
A strainer or cheesecloth
A pitcher or jug
In a large pot, bring 2 liters of water to a boil. Add the dried hibiscus flowers, sliced ginger, cinnamon stick, and cloves. Stir to combine and let the mixture simmer for 30-40 minutes on low heat.
Once the mixture has simmered, remove it from the heat and let it cool. You can choose to strain the mixture using a strainer or cheesecloth to remove the solids, or leave them in for a more textured drink.
Add honey or sugar to taste, stirring until it has completely dissolved. Allow the mixture to cool completely before refrigerating.
Serve chilled over ice and enjoy!
A cup of zobo (250ml) contains approximately 60 calories. If you’re looking to reduce your calorie intake, you can choose to use a low-calorie sweetener instead of sugar or honey.
If you have an allergy to hibiscus, you should avoid this drink. Additionally, if you are allergic to ginger or cinnamon, you can leave them out of the recipe.
This recipe does not include any spicy ingredients. However, if you prefer a spicier zobo, you can add a pinch of cayenne pepper or chili flakes.
If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to sugar or honey, you can use a natural sweetener like stevia or agave nectar. Additionally, you can choose to leave out the sweetener altogether and allow the natural tartness of the hibiscus to shine through.
Kitchen Equipment and Ingredients available on Amazon:
Dried Hibiscus Flowers: Click to Buy
Sliced Ginger: Click to Buy
Cinnamon Stick: Click to Buy
Cloves: Click to Buy
Cheesecloth: Click to Buy
Strainer: Click to Buy
Low-Calorie Sweetener: Click to Buy