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.

Zobo drink

Zobo Drink Benefit

The health benefits are immeasurable, although this depends on the ingredient you used while preparing it.

In a separate article, I have written about all the benefits of Zobo Drink

For starters, it quenches your taste.

It is one of the easiest Nigerian drinks you can make any day and the necessary ingredients are cheap also. I think you could make 2 liters of this drink with just a 400 Naira. ($1)

Do You Like Zobo?

I never really liked zobo until I learned about its nutritional values, it is one of those drinks that are made purely from natural ingredients.

Just like the fruit juice, you wouldn’t require any artificial ingredients or coloring in most cases.

I would personally recommend just natural ingredients (zobo leaves, ginger, cloves).

But most Nigerians wouldn’t have zobo without the accopanying sweetness.

Here we are going to do it just the way Mama Iyabo does it.

The plate above contains ginger, about 3 fingers of ginger would do. The ginger inset would be enough for 3 cups of zobo leaves.

Also 1 tbsp of cloves

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

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

Nigerian drinks
Zobo – Served.

The first time I had a taste of this drink was at Bori Camp Portharcourt, those days in a secondary school; I visited a friend who happened to come from Yoruba – the best makers of zobo drink.

Not much can be said about the origin of this drink but I know that the Yorubas are the major producers. I think they even have zobo soup, 😆

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 number of ingredients below, you will be able to make about 3-4 liters of zobo.

Ingredients For Zobo Drink

3 cups of dried zobo leaves.
Ginger (2-3 fingers).
Flavors and sweeteners

1 tbsp cloves
4 liters of water.

Preparation time: 30mins | Serving: 12 persons

The standard roadside zobo drink can be made with just four ingredients – the zobo leaves, choice of flavor, cloves and ginger.

As you already know, the zobo has a somewhat sugary taste, most people chose to add a few cubes of sugar or just use the regular satchet flovour.

You buy it the same place you bought zobo leaves

There are several other flavors for making zobo, they come laced with the necessary amount of sweetness. You will find them in any Nigerian market, especially from those selling the zobo leaves.

How to Make Zobo Drink

Hand-pick every unwanted substance from the zobo leaves, wash, and start cooking with about 3 liters of water. 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 a pulp or grind with a kitchen blender the same way I did mine.

Add the cloves too.

Adding cloves to Zobo

Cook for another ten to fifteen minutes before you taste the zobo, it may taste sour.

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 half a teaspoon and observe. Refrigerate.

That is how to make zobo, it’s easy, right?

It should really taste nice.

Nigerian drinks
Zobo Nigerian Drink

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 has 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.

To learn more about ginger, I have written an article about Healthy Nigerian Foods

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Zobo drink recipe

Zobo Drink Recipe | Hibiscus Tea and Benefits

Chy Anegbu
Zobo drink is a locally made soft drink from Nigeria. This recipe shows you how to easily make it the Nigerian way.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Nigerian Cuisine
Servings 6 People
Calories 59 kcal


  • Pots


  • 5-6 cups of dried zobo leaves.
  • 3 fingers ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon pineapple flavor.
  • 4 liters of water.


  • Remove every unwanted substance from the zobo leaves.
  • Wash and start cooking with 3 liters of water (3000ml)
  • Allow it to boil before adding the ground ginger.
  • Cook for another 10 minutes and turn off the heat. Filter and allow to cool for 10 minutes before adding the pineapple flavours.
  • Referigerate and always serve chilled.


Keyword Hausa Drinks, Hibiscus tea, Zobo drink recipe

The Video above Shows You How To Make This Delicious Nigerian Drink.

Other Nigerian Drinks Includes

Compare Zobo Drink & Chapman Drink

Just like so many people, I also love Fruit Juice

Here is my List of Nigerian Drink

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

What are the benefits of ZOBO drink?

How to make Zobo Drink – Video


  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

      • Favour  April 1, 2020

        I love that pepper taste in it, is it the ginger that is pepperish or the zobo pepper

  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?

  21. abdulbaki Lordbee  July 19, 2014

    i gave zobo making a try and almost all my dudes and shodies keep asking for another glass. Twz xo good, tnx 4 d lesson.

  22. Oluwaseun  August 21, 2014

    I got the recipe here 2weeks ago for zobo, I made it perfectly and to crown it all,i still have it in my freezer,whenever I want to drink,i take it out, and it tastes fresh, I guess that’s the best way to preserve it

  23. Gbonjubola lamina  August 23, 2014

    Thanks so much for the recipe.lovely taste

  24. Taiwo  September 1, 2014

    Tnx so much 4 d recipe it is lovely

  25. iyke  October 19, 2014

    Just prepared zobo drink for the first time, chai my whole family is having fun….. Hope the sugary taste of the sweetner is not harmful to the body?

    • Chy Anegbu  October 20, 2014

      It depends on how much sugar u used.

  26. Ngozi  November 18, 2014

    I prepare my zobo for commercial sales. My customers love it and they keep asking for more. Is a good biz when well prepared.

    • chinenye  March 15, 2017

      Pls I what to start zobo business, how best do I prepare it in order to sell fast and taste good. Thans

    • Patty  September 2, 2017

      Ma can u please enlighti me more on this zobo making because will like to do it for commercial purpose. Thanks
      Please Send it to my mobile number

  27. nelly  December 24, 2014

    Thanks chy for sharing your knowledge with us, may God continue to enrich you with fresh anointing to do exploit in your profession
    Remain blessed! wishing u a blissful XMAS and prosperous NEW YEAR with all your good expectation in Jesus name. Amen!

  28. Lucky Itua Israel  January 16, 2015

    Good To B Educated Like This, Nd Also 2 U Guys, Ur Comments Are Encouraging

  29. Sandy  January 28, 2015

    Thanks for the knowledge shared, God will reward you. please how may times can you make use of the zobo leaves before you dispose them?

    • Chy Anegbu  January 28, 2015

      I use it once, I think the highest you can go is twice.

  30. Viclin  January 31, 2015

    tanks nd god bless u for dis wonderful enlightenment

  31. Lizzy Azuka  February 16, 2015

    Dear Chi! I so much tank God who gave u d wisdom u brought out in zobo. Becos I and our family so much love zobo drink dan any other drink dat is y I can make it perfectly and hv it ready at any time in d house. My Gran Mum love it most bf she died, dat is y she used to call it white People drink.

  32. Lizzy Azuka  February 16, 2015

    Even I have eight bottles in d house now and use one and eat in school, very interesting. I do prepare and send to my Mum and her family.
    Dear Chi! Pls if U need help for prepareing it and suply to people, just send information tr dis my line, 08036957560.
    Tanx Rm Blessed

  33. unene  February 24, 2015

    thanks, u are a great teacher

  34. Abimbola  February 27, 2015

    Pls, For How Many Days Will Zobo Last Without Light?
    Pls Reply, It’s Urgent.
    Thanks Abunch.

    • Chy Anegbu  February 27, 2015

      I think about 36 hours.

  35. Uc  March 16, 2015

    Is their any side effect of taking zobo drink that is not chilled and left for 3 to 4 days

  36. Safiya  March 25, 2015

    I love zobo drink too.. adding kanamfari gives it a great taste as well. thank you Aunty Chi you are really doing a great job here

  37. kris  March 25, 2015

    Why is the drink called a white man’s drink?

    • Chy Anegbu  March 27, 2015

      White man’s drink? havent heard of that; maybe white men love it 😀

  38. KIRSTY  March 26, 2015

    l thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us.any one you send , i always do it practically to learn more.

  39. kemi  March 26, 2015

    Hello Chy,
    I was able to get the bottle flavor, can I use it instead of the sachet? And do I add it to the drink

  40. Marilou  April 16, 2015

    I heard about the health benefits of zobo drink, I immediately cook it for the first time last night. I added cinnamon powder and honey. The taste is so good!

    Is there any other flavour you can recommend to add to Zobo aside from ginger?

    Thank you!

  41. Bella  April 23, 2015

    Please what are the nutritional value of
    zobo? All the same I love your job nice one.

  42. Consolation A.  April 28, 2015

    Thanks for the lecture. Can i add kola and orange flavour in it?

    • Chy Anegbu  April 28, 2015

      Kola? havent tried that yet. But I think ornage flavor may be nice.

  43. ruth  May 8, 2015

    Lovely recipe,but u can also add pineapple,cucumber and watermelon,blend den dem and pure in da juice only,u sure will love it,but u must put it da fridge immediately after making it,da da juice shud be added when da zobo is cold,coconut flavour is nice too.

  44. ogbonene  June 7, 2015

    I have prepared it in different ways, but the best of them all for the sake of health benefits is to prepare the zobo by adding garlic, moringa seed juice, lemon juice and flavours of ur choice with sweetener, if u need more informationn mail me.

  45. nafisah  June 14, 2015

    Thanks for sharing…..I luv zobo

  46. lucy  June 24, 2015

    vera manyi, u can only buy it in the market, u can ask people arround u they will tell u where to get it in abuja thanks

  47. nina  July 14, 2015

    Nice one,my mum buys pineapples,allows them to get very riped and then she cutts them into pieces and boils with the zobo leaves…

  48. DINAH  September 25, 2015


  49. wow nice one, have leant a lot about zobo drink  September 25, 2015

    God bless ur effort

  50. Esther  October 30, 2015

    Pls, does honey make the zobo ferment?

  51. gloria  October 31, 2015

    In making d zobo drink i find out dat afta d filtering nd all,i still find some particles in it.wht do i do to avoid dese particles

  52. kwadwo  November 10, 2015

    this zobo drink is very good n nutritional pls i need partners to partner with me to produce it on large quantities for sale

    • joy  August 1, 2017

      i am interested, can i get your number, this is mine, 08106552879

  53. didi  December 18, 2015

    um my cousins in US dont like zobo why? and is coca cola one of the best flavours?

  54. Dorry  January 3, 2016

    Thanks for the info nice one.

  55. george  January 12, 2016

    i must appreciate u also. i decided to browse u because those i instruct to do it will not do it at my time , they do it as if they do u a favour. now i can do it also. God help me

  56. Bam  January 16, 2016

    Hi. Just a correction. Zobo is NOT a yoruba drink it’s actually hausa/northern hence the name soborodo. It’s people who can’t pronounce it that call it zobo. It is grown abundantly all over the north (plant not a fan of too rain) Just thought to clear that up. And you use the bark of peeled pinapple (let it have a bit of the fruit its self) and boil it with the leaves then you will have the natural pinapple flavour without the sour taste.

    • Chy Anegbu  January 19, 2016

      Wow! thanks for clearing that up. wonderful.

  57. sanusi amina abimbola  April 26, 2016

    Pls can I av d recipe and I need more abt juice and there recipe

  58. Gloria  October 22, 2016

    My dear i tank u vry vry much cos am n lov wt dis drink an av being beging pple to teah me an dey kip turning me round nd round. God bless you. how do i get ur cookbook?

  59. mary ogechi  November 29, 2016

    since i learnt how to make zobo drink, i have been enjoying it and even sell it to make a lot of money

  60. bukky  January 30, 2017

    Nice job! How do I preserve it 4 commercial purposes?

  61. mojisola  February 4, 2017

    nice one I love did group

  62. blessing  February 7, 2017

    How do I preserve the leave after the first used

    • Chy Anegbu  February 9, 2017

      I don’t preserve the leave, I suppose you would want to dry it first and you won’t definitely get the same taste the second time around.

  63. Lukan Racheal  February 22, 2017

    I love the simple explanation on the sobo preparation.I will surely try this recipe out today.Thanks for sharing

  64. emmanuel  February 27, 2017

    can zobo last for 4-6month

  65. emmanuel  February 27, 2017

    can zobo drink be persevered for 6-8months… if it’s possible, which preservative am I going to use???

    • Chy Anegbu  February 28, 2017

      Not sure! I refrigerate for about a week or two.

  66. Toyin  February 28, 2017

    Nice one,do I remove d leaves immediately after boiling or I still infuse in d water till it gets cold?

    • Chy Anegbu  March 3, 2017

      whichever way, I usually remove the leaves and then allow it to cool.

  67. ly  March 13, 2017

    Great jobyou have here. However, the flavour you are recommending is not healthy. At all, at all.

    • Chy Anegbu  March 15, 2017

      Awwww! Yea, most sugary stuff are not healthy, you just need to use them sparingly. Thanks for your feedback.

  68. esty  March 22, 2017

    Apart from honey and sugar, what other natural sweetener can one use to make zobo taste sweet. God bless you mightily for the great job you are doing.

  69. sussy  March 27, 2017

    I love zobo so much since i learnt how to prepare it, I don’t buy from people again i do it myself. But i do add banana with pin

    • Chy Anegbu  March 28, 2017

      Ok, great. Thanks for your feedback. I am yet to use banana, I think I am going to try it.

  70. dideolu  May 1, 2017

    How do we preserve Zobo for mass production?

  71. Ammy  May 6, 2017

    How healthy is the joccy’s pineapple flavor added to the zobo

  72. Ammy  May 6, 2017

    How healthy is the joccy’s pineapple flavor?

    • chidi anan  May 10, 2017

      I cannot say really, you can try other flavors and sweeteners.

  73. Vicky  May 7, 2017

    Please what’s kalamfari & how does it look like?

  74. kayode  May 23, 2017

    Good, it my pleasure to give best compliment for these tips and ideas to expand pple online you all the to make house wife to learn fast about kitchen product, thanks.

  75. oyin  June 24, 2017

    How many liters of water can i use to serve 150 people, d Zobo will be poured inside a bottle of coke size for 150 pple ….

  76. kelechi  June 30, 2017

    My husband loves zoo drink so much so I always prepare it with riped pineapple, riped banana, ginger, zoo leave and coca cola Flavour. It tastes good.

  77. Sunday Roseline  August 30, 2017

    Wow” thanks chy for the recipe, you can preserve sobo for 4 to 6 month by adding preservatives.

  78. Adeleke  September 4, 2017

    Please how can one preserve zobo for mass production. Answer needed urgently. Thankx

  79. Funmilayo  September 12, 2017

    Thank you for this recipe, great job here

  80. Shally  September 27, 2017

    Thank you so much. Pls how many quantity of these ingredients will be enough for 150 people?

  81. korede  October 18, 2017

    Is zobo good for pregnant woman or some trying to conceive

  82. Mac  October 26, 2017

    Thank you all. But can we now post videos, testifying on how ZOBO really helped us in. I believe we all have something to say than right about

    • Chy Anegbu  October 27, 2017

      sure, you can email your video to me.

  83. Blessing daniel  December 18, 2018

    Thanks, l discover that my zobo drink tasted bitter and I don’t know why. Pls can u help me out.

  84. Chioma  March 14, 2019

    Can I cook the zobo leaf together with pineapple back?

  85. Oba  March 23, 2019

    Thanks for this educative site. God bless you richly.

  86. AdaJesus  April 26, 2019

    That jolly stuff in a sachet the one that comes in different flavors that also sweetens the drink has destroyed the beneficial aspect of the drink.. served Everything naturally, use honey instead of that stuff, add pineapple peel or diced pineapples with the peel when cooking the leaves to get the flavor and taste.

  87. BISHOP  June 17, 2019

    Weldone, please i need kunu recipe. Thanks

  88. Sekyen Tangni  July 20, 2019

    Zobo drink is such a powerful drink especially when you take it chill thanks to Zobo drink my husband love it

  89. Durotimi  December 27, 2019

    the ginger was added minutes later after the zobo leaves were allowed to boil, why was that so, why was it not added immediately the zobo leaves were put on fire?

  90. Elvis Isaac  February 22, 2020

    5 stars
    Thanks for the zobo recipe and preparation it was really helpful

  91. Adeyemi Ruth Funke  May 23, 2020

    My zobo is not pepper the way I want it to be what can I still do to make it pepper

    • Chy Anegbu  May 28, 2020

      You can add freshly squeezed ginger juice.

  92. Akindolie Stella  May 30, 2020

    It is very important to add zobo pepper called kanafuru in Yoruba. Even if you drink much of zobo it wouldn’t affect your stomach

    • Chy Anegbu  May 30, 2020

      Thanks for your input.

  93. Peace  July 29, 2020

    Can one use the main pineapple fruit, instead of the satchet flavor?

    • Chy Anegbu  July 30, 2020

      The main pineapple wouldn’t give you the same taste and the roadside zobo.

  94. Damilarey  September 1, 2020

    Can I get A-Z steps of making zobo and the its ingredients?

  95. Amaka  September 11, 2020

    5 stars
    I tried ur zobo recipe it came out good, plss can any one assist me wit all d ingredients I need to make it for sale, I want my to taste unique plssss


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