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Zobo Recipe

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 ladle

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!

Calorie Intake:

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.

Allergy Concerns:

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.

Spicy Level:

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.

Healthy Alternatives:

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

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