Zobo Drink (Sorrel Drink) is a very refreshing drink and has a lot of benefits in it. Zobo drink (Sorrel drink) is one of the very popular drinks in Nigeria and also been sold on the street. This drink goes well with puff puff which is also one of the most popular snacks in Nigeria. Some use hibiscus petals interchangeably as sorrel petals but is actually sorrel petals.
Zobo Drink (Sorrel Drink) has a lot of benefits and it has a sour taste but with pineapple and date syrup you can achieve the level of sweetness you want. You don’t have to use date syrup, you could use just sugar, honey, or any sweetener of choice.
Please, make sure you rinse the sorrel flower/petals very well to clean out any dirt trapped in it, you will notice that the water color changes don’t worry you have more than enough color in the leaves. You can also use this drink to make pap.
You might want to try;
- 3 Cups Dry Sorrel flower/petals (rinse thoroughly)
- 1 Pineapple (Clean thoroughly)
- 2 Cloves Garlic (peeled)
- 1 Chunk Fresh ginger (peeled)
- Cold water
- Date syrup or Sugar (as desired)
Rinse the dry sorrel leaves (zobo leaves) under cold water, make sure you rinse thoroughly don’t fret if the color of the water looks like zobo drink, you have more than enough color in the leaves.
Clean the pineapple thoroughly, if you want to use the rind/peel you need to make sure the peel is cleaned thoroughly, or better still use the pineapple only.
To clean the pineapple, I used warm water and apple cider vinegar and I scrub all the nook and cranny of the pineapple then rinse with warm and cold water. Then peel and slice.
Add the zobo leaves (sorrel leaves), 4 slices of pineapple, all the pineapple rinds, garlic, ginger, and water to cover the whole pot about 12 cups. Place over a stove and bring to a boil, it took about 20 minutes.
Reduce the heat, if you're using sugar add sugar as little or as much as you like and allow the sugar to dissolve remove from the heat and allow to cool down completely.
Use a strainer/sieve to strain the drink, I didn’t pour the bottom part because there will be teeny weeny bit settle down if you want to pour everything be careful and can use a cheesecloth/muslin to strain the content.
Place in a refrigerator and allow to chill, serve and garnish with a slice of pineapple.
If you're using date syrup, feel free to add ice cubes and enjoy!
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