Zobo Drink Recipe

Hibiscus drink

Zobo drink…It had been a long time coming. I was so glad to see that my Mum brought some zobo leaves with her on her recent visit. It had been so long since I had zobo ( a.k.a zoborodo ) as it is fondly called in Nigeria. It is known as Sorrel drink in the Caribbean and by many other names in different countries which I will include at the end of this post.

Sorrel drink Zobo drink is made from the sepals of the Roselle flower/plant (Hibiscus sabdariffa) which is a species of the Hibiscus plant family; a plant native to tropical regions. It has a tart like cranberry flavour and pairs well with sweet snacks and cookies. Different people make zobo in varied ways; you can add fruits like pineapple, lemon etc and even spices like cloves, ginger, cinnamon etc.  The zobo leaves can also be used to make many other things such as sauces, jams, and even put into baked goods. Here’s how I make my zobo puree with the cooked leaves (how to make zobo puree).  I have also made dessert using zobo drink, I made these delectable zobo poached pears and served them with ice cream, you should try them for yourself.

So I hope you enjoy making this zobo drink recipe which is the Nigerian version of the hibiscus drink.

Hibiscus drink Yields: 6-7 cups
Recipe level: Easy
Preparation time: 15  minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Meal type:  Drink
Meal time: Anytime 
Country/Region: Nigeria, West Africa 

Here’s the ZOBO DRINK video recipe for more visual learners:


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Nigerian Zobo Drink
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The Nigerian zobo drink is made from the sepals of hibiscus sabdariffa flower. It i
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Nigerian
Serves: 6-7 cups
  • 1 cup zobo leaves (35 grams)
  • 8 cups of water
  • Quarter of a pineapple (skin peeled)
  • 1 inch piece or 2 teaspoons of chopped ginger
  • Sugar or any other sweetener, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cloves, op
  1. Using a bowl and a generous amount of cold water; wash the zobo leaves properly (it might take a few washes) to get rid of all dirt and dust.
  2. In a large pot on medium heat, add the washed zobo leaves, pineapple chunks, ginger, and cloves. Let boil for 30 minutes.
  3. Using a sieve or colander, drain the zobo drink into a bowl and dispose of the zobo leaves, pineapple and ginger pieces.
  4. Cool drink down in fridge
  5. Once the drink is chilled; add your desired amount of sugar or sweetener and stir properly.You could drink the zobo drink hot or warm like tea.
  6. Serve with any Nigerian small chop such as chin chin, meat pies,puff puff etc.

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The different parts of the Roselle plant are used to make a number of things such as

  • Drinks like Zobo
  • Tea
  • Jam/syrup
  • Food colouring
  • Food seasoning
  • Sauces and soups
  • Bast fibre
  • Medicinal lotion
  • Medicated hair oils
  • Shampoo and conditioner.


The hibiscus flower has some nutritional benefits as well:

  • Acts as a natural diuretic
  • Aids appetite
  • Soothes colds and provides similar cold relief obtained by consuming antioxidant drinks
  • Acts as a general tonic
  • Promotes kidney functioning
  • Helps digestion
  • Acts as a diuretic
  • Aids urinary tract health
  • Promotes cardiovascular health


  • Zobo/Zoborodo-Northen Nigeria
  • Isapa-Yorubas/South Western Nigeria
  • Bissap-Niger,Ghana,Mali, Senegal, Guniea Bissau, Burkina Faso, Congo,Benin, & France
  • Dah/Dah/Bleni-Mali
  • Omulete-Namibia
  • Karkade-Egypt, Sudan, & Saudi Arabia
  • Sorrel-Caribbean & Latin America
  • Flor de Jamaica- Mexico
  • Womjo-Gambia
  • Rosella/Rosella fruit-Australia
  • Belchanda-Nepal
  • Grosella- Paraguay
  • Lumanda/Chibemba-Zambia
  • And so on and so forth…Please feel free to inform me of any other name you know the drink is called in another country so I can add to my list

9 thoughts on “Zobo Drink Recipe

  1. I love love love me some Sorrel! It’s so refreshing and always good with ginger. However, in JA we like to make the ginger beer and add it to the sorrel, it gives it a very interesting taste! I will try it with the pineapple, it sounds like a great idea!

    1. Hey Aviva,ginger beer, sounds interesting. I know I have bought Sorrel quite a number of times from Frontline and it has tasted really good. When you try out the pineapple, please let me know how it turns out.

  2. My dear, I love the look of your site and your method of teaching is straight-forward and on point, the zobo is a wonderful drink, I fell for it about six years ago while I was still in secondary school here in Nigeria and since then I have always enjoyed a glass of zobo. Thanks, this is good! you are good!

    1. Hi Chidi, thanks for your encouragement and compliment.Yes, I enjoy zobo as well, especially when its prepared with ginger and very chill. I try to make the recipes detailed but easy enough to follow, and hopefully will continue to improve on that.If you would like to receive all our latest recipes directly in your email,you can subscribe for free to the blog by entering your email on the right sidebar of the blog.I hope you enjoy the site and continue to visit:)

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