Zobo drink is another one of Nigeria’s popular drinks.
You have absolutely nothing to lose but so much to gain for taking a chilled glass of zobo Nigerian drinks.

The health benefits are immeasurable, although this depends on the ingredient you used while preparing it. I would personally recommend just natural ingredients if you can find them; I use them when I can find them. Here we are going to do it just the way Mama Iyabo does it.

You may want to read the comment below before you actually try this zobo recipe, few persons experienced soured taste when they used lots of pineapple, they agreed that pineapple flavor is better than actual pineapples when it comes to making zobo drink.

And I agree.

Zobo Ingredients
The plate above contains ginger, about 3 fingers of ginger would do. The ginger inset would be enough for 5 cups of zobo leaves then the joccy pinapple flavor by the side of the plate (use just one sachet and add it when the zobo is boiled and filtered). This would be enough to make 2-3 litres of zobo juice drink.

By the end of this article you would have learned how to make zobo, the popular Nigerian tasty drink.

I never really liked zobo until I learned about its nutritional values, it is one of those drinks that are made with purely natural ingredient, just like the fruit juice, you wouldn’t require any artificial ingredients or coloring in most cases.

Zobo Drink

I had a taste of this drink for the first time at Bori Camp Portharcourt, those days in secondary school; I visited a friend who happened to come from Yoruba – the best makers of the Nigerian zobo drink. I can’t tell much about the origin of this drink but I know that the Yorubas are the major producers. I think they even have zobo soup, 😆

Hausa women also make tasty zobo, the Igbos are just beginning to learn about this wonderful drink

How to Prepare Zobo

Here is how to make zobo in Nigeria, you will learn about all the ingredients used for making zobo and also why I prefer this above many other Nigerian drinks. With the quantity of ingredients below you will be able to make about
4-5 liters of zobo.

Preparation time: 30mins | Serving: 8 to 12 persons

You Will Need

5-6 cups of dried zobo leaves.
Ginger (2-3 fingers).
2 sachets of Joccy’s Pineapple flavor.
4-5 litres of water.

The standard zobo drink can be made with just three ingredients – the zobo leaves, choice of flavor and ginger but as you already know, the zobo have a somewhat sugary taste, most people chose to add few cubes of sugar or just used joccy’s pineapple flavor which already contains the needed quantity of sweetener and flavor.

There are several other flavors for making zobo, joccy’s pineapple flavor is just one of them; you will find them in any Nigerian market, especially those selling the zobo leaves.

How to Make Zobo

Hand-pick every unwanted substance from the zobo leaves and start cooking with about 3 liters of water. If you want to wash the zobo leaves before cooking, be careful so you don’t wash away the original nutrient, don’t soak before washing, just pour water, wash and transfer into the cooking pot.

Cook to boil before adding the ginger, you can pound them to pulp or grind with a kitchen blender the same way I did mine.
making zobo
Cook for another ten to fifteen minutes before you taste the zobo, it may taste soured. allow to cool a little, filter and add the joccy pineapple flavor that already contained sugar. You don’t want it too sweet. So add a teaspoon and observe. Refrigerate. That is how to make zobo, it’s easy right?

It should really taste nice.

Zobo is one of the popular Nigerian drinks, it is easy to make and can be made in under 30 minutes. Serve chilled with your favorite snack.

Zobo as a drink have innumerable health benefits that I can’t even begin to mention. Ginger which is one of the ingredients for this popular drink is known to improve heart and sight conditions.

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Other Nigerian Drinks Includes

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After trying out this zobo recipe, I would love to read your comment below, thanks.

How to make Zobo – Video

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  1. mohammed  December 22, 2013

    Well, is good to have people like you coming up to educate people on simple basic diet they need to know. Your effort is very rewarding.

  2. Vera  January 16, 2014

    Thanks for the zobo recipe, I have read a lot of articles on how zobo is very good for our body, and for a long time I have been hoping to prepare this drink for my kids. Please can I get the leaves in super markets here in Abuja?

    • The Nigerian Kitchen  January 16, 2014

      I buy mine from the local market. It is everywhere in Nigeria, just ask around whenever you visit a major market.

    • Hajara  March 26, 2014

      No Vera. U wont get it in a supermkt. U’l get it in d local mak and its mostly sold by pple who sell grains like:rice,millet,corn,beans e.t.c. mostly sold by ths hausa.i even bought some earlier 2day an prepared it jus abt an hr ago. Good luck on ur search for zobo leaves.

  3. Rachel  January 20, 2014

    This is very interesting pls cn we refrigerated d Zobo drink for 2 to 3days

    • The Nigerian Kitchen  January 23, 2014

      Yeah, sure, you can refrigerate zobo for up to three days.

  4. Lorita  February 11, 2014

    Thanks very much

  5. Maureen  February 12, 2014

    Hello chy,i hv learnt a lot of tin I̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ the nigerian kitchen.u re doin great.pls kept it up nd i will like u to highlight me O̶̷̩̥̊͡Ŋ how to prepare zobo drink.tnx

  6. Joy  February 15, 2014

    Hi Chi, nice article there. Have U tried adding garlic,samiya, and karampama seeds to zobo?. U can get these items from d same seller. The taste is awesome. The nutritional value is wonderful.

    • Chy Anegbu  February 19, 2014

      Ok Joy, thanks for your comment and contribution. I am going to try that.

    • esty  March 22, 2017

      You are doing great job here. God Bless you, please can I add tumeric to zobo

    • bollymoon  January 21, 2018

      What is samiya and karampana called in Yoruba.thanks

  7. chinyere  March 8, 2014

    Thank you very much.I have to cook it mysef.

  8. Rachel  March 24, 2014

    Thks u but I trying using just pineapple alone the taste was so soar nd clappy I dnt knw why it was like dt

    • Yetty  February 9, 2017

      Sorry Rachel for dat…. pineapple alone can’t do d trick u have to add pineapple flavour dat will act as d sweetener….without it it will taste sour…

    • joy  August 1, 2017

      you can add the back of the pineapple juice to it, but let it be moderate

  9. ayo  March 24, 2014

    Thanks chi for this wonderful article

  10. soibi brown  March 24, 2014

    That was a good one .I also add Garlic to my zobo drink

  11. Bilkis  March 26, 2014

    The zobo recipe is very perfect,U can add other spices such as kanafari,Masoro,but neva add garlic or samiya (tamarind) to it.

    • Yetty  February 9, 2017

      Yes o….. d ingredients isn’t complete if kanafuru wasn’t added…..u can even add lemon. …Orange. ….garlic…..

    • uzoma princess  March 6, 2017

      pls when do i add the kanafiri and masoro. secondly, will i get it to buy in the market as well…tnk you

    • Chy Ibeazor  March 8, 2019

      Why,What will they do,what will happen if I add those you mentioned?

  12. Chy Anegbu  March 26, 2014

    Rachel, sorry about that. Maybe you had the bad zobo leaves

  13. bunmi abi  March 27, 2014

    Tanx for the article, adding fresh pineapple without any preservative can it last three days in d refrigerator?

    • Chy Anegbu  May 5, 2014

      Yes it should @ bunnmi

    • joy  August 1, 2017

      yes it will, even for a week or two, as far as it is refrigerated,for me i freeze the bottled zobo drink then thaw when i want to drink it

  14. Precious  March 28, 2014

    Tnx 4 d recipe pls I am a sweet tooth o,but I knw d fear of sugar is d beginning of wisdom so can I substitute wit honey

  15. Rukayat  April 2, 2014

    As Racheal had earlier said wen i used only ripe pineapple,d taste was soar bt adding d flavor gives u d real taste of d drink.

  16. Dorcas  April 11, 2014

    You website is really good

  17. funmexy  May 14, 2014

    thank you so much for the educating us on how to improve our life style with our local food.
    please what preservative can i add to my zobo drink to stop it from fermenting? i produce the drink on commercial scale. thank you

    • Abigail  May 9, 2017

      you can use alcohol in preserving the zobo

      • Sarah Iwegbue  February 21, 2019

        How can i use alcohol to preserve zobo?
        Secondly,is the preservation inclusive of refrigerating?

  18. Dowell Ben  June 18, 2014

    Am very excited for educating me on how to prepare Zobo drink.THANKS

  19. ose  July 4, 2014

    God bless u all in Jesus name Amen .pls don’t give up in oda to teach 9jia nowadays girls on how to care for their husbands.

  20. debby  July 16, 2014

    Pls why does zobo drink taste fermented when stayed long?


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