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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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. Bella  April 23, 2015

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. nafisah  June 14, 2015

    Thanks for sharing…..I luv zobo

  6. 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

  7. 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…

  8. DINAH  September 25, 2015


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

    God bless ur effort

  10. Esther  October 30, 2015

    Pls, does honey make the zobo ferment?

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. didi  December 18, 2015

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

  14. Dorry  January 3, 2016

    Thanks for the info nice one.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. sanusi amina abimbola  April 26, 2016

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

  18. 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?

  19. 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

  20. bukky  January 30, 2017

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


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