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Zobo! by AmakaOne(f): 5:45pm On Sep 18, 2008
I have been Looking for a simple Zobo Recipe for a long time and I finally found one!

I thought I should share with my fellow NLanders.   grin

Zobo is made by infusing hibiscus flowers into water, then adding sweetener and various flavorings. It's very similar to the Caribbean drink Sorrel, but instead of adding warm spices like cinnamon, ginger, allspice, etc.,Zobo is usually enhanced with fruit juices like pineapple, orange, lemon, as well as other flavors like mint, ginger, and vanilla.

Depending on where you live, you will find the dried herb (Hibiscus sabdariffa) needed forZobo under different names: dried hibiscus, sorrel, roselle, hibiscus tea, karkade, all of these will work.
The herb is available in health food stores, caribbean, and asian markets.

It's basically an herbal iced tea high in antioxidants such as vitamin C and polyphenols.

First, you start off by steeping the herbs into a concentrated liquid,  then this can be diluted with either plain water or soda

2 cups dried hibiscus / sorrel
a few sprigs of fresh mint
1 - 1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
5 cups water

additional water / soda water / gingerale, depending

Making the concentrate:
Bring 5 cups of water to boil in a large pot. As soon as it reaches a boil, take the pot off of the heat, add the dried hibiscus and mint sprigs and cover.

Let the herbs steep for at least an hour, but the longer the better. You'll be left with a very rich, wine colored infusion (this really stains, so be careful handling it). Strain the infusion into a pitcher, pressing out as much extract from the flowers as you can, then stir in the sugar and orange juice.

Now you have the concentrate for the punch.

At this point, you can stir in 4 cups of cold water and chill the whole thing,
If you'D like a fizzy version: keep it chilled as a concentrate, then top off individual servings with seltzer water or gingerale.

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Re: Zobo! by ifyalways(f): 10:06pm On Sep 18, 2008
chaiii i miss J.Town cry cry
@Amaka dis ur zobo na fire ooo.am suddenly getting thirsty.

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Re: Zobo! by chika98: 11:26pm On Sep 19, 2008
I will try and make this
Re: Zobo! by Sasa81: 4:49pm On Sep 26, 2008
Amaka thanks for this. i will try it out for eid. smiley
Re: Zobo! by Cayon(f): 1:02pm On Sep 27, 2008

Speaking of sorrel, its one of my favorite drinks. This is a drink mostly used at Christmas time by Caribbean folks. Every caribbean country has their own way of making sorrel. Now that i am in the USA, i make it at Thanksgiving, Christmas or when I am having a party. in fact I think I have some in my fridge. I am hosting thanksgiving this year so I'll try the Zobo recipe


Sorrell Drink

1 lb sorrel sepals
Piece of dried orange peel
1 oz ginger
Piece of spice (stick)
1/4 pt rum
1 gal. boiling water
2 lbs sugar
1 tsp whole cloves
1 tsp rice

Put dried sorrel, ginger, orange peel, stick of cinnamon, rice and whole cloves in a jar or plastic bucket and pour boiling water over it. when cool, cover and leave for 2 days. strain liquid and add sugar and rum. Refrigerate and serve cold.

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Re: Zobo! by AmakaOne(f): 5:44pm On Mar 31, 2009
anyone tried this yet?
Got a whole pitcher in the fridge now.
[size=4pt]Feeling homesick I guess[/size]
Re: Zobo! by bolu1(f): 6:38pm On May 26, 2009
in most parts in Nigeria, people think zobo is for poor people beacause it is cheap, but the fact remains that this is a very healty drink. thanks again amakaone
Re: Zobo! by mamag3: 6:51pm On Aug 04, 2009
I love Zobo
Re: Zobo! by Fhemmmy: 7:58pm On Aug 04, 2009
What is a zobo?
Re: Zobo! by Nellyb(f): 9:16am On Aug 06, 2009
I love zobo. Its medicinal. Tanx Amaka1 4 d details.
Re: Zobo! by mamagee6(f): 1:05am On Aug 26, 2009
I Love zobo. kiss
Re: Zobo! by Oluschenco(m): 12:03pm On Sep 01, 2009
@ Amaka,
I like that your zobo, after sipping it, i may even foke zobo, cos it'll be 2 much
Re: Zobo! by CrazyMan(m): 1:29pm On Sep 03, 2009

I Love zobo. kiss
Mee too smiley
Re: Zobo! by hannielle(f): 8:19pm On Jun 08, 2010
@all in the house,

Pls is it true that Cotonou pineapple causes cancer?
Need to confirm this 'cos i'm hooked on it ( its really delicious).
Thanks y'all.
Re: Zobo! by Fhemmmy: 8:50pm On Jun 08, 2010
^^^Lol . . .get unhooked
Re: Zobo! by hannielle(f): 6:21pm On Jun 09, 2010

Surething! I can wean myself off it. It's just a good tasting fruit.
But the question remains unanswered- is it carcinogenic i.e can it predispose to cancer?
Re: Zobo! by Fhemmmy: 1:48am On Jun 11, 2010
Have no clue . . . . But i just think that drink is one of the most disgusting thing i ever see.
I saw it when i was on visit to Nigeria and the sight alone makes me sick
Re: Zobo! by naijasmost: 3:43am On Sep 29, 2010
Where do you all find the Hibiscus leaves for Zobo?
Is Zobo easy to make / easy to find in your area?
Re: Zobo! by InkedNerd(f): 5:58am On Sep 29, 2010
My mom doesn't add fruits though. I ♥ zobo/sorrel.
Re: Zobo! by igwe4life(m): 5:21pm On May 27, 2011
There's a new post on Zobo Drink on Nigerian Chef
Re: Zobo! by firestar(f): 10:26pm On Jun 04, 2011
Finally. I've been wondering what to do with my Habiscus plants. All those petals. . .
Re: Zobo! by marketresearch: 5:19pm On Jan 14, 2015
One of the world's healthiest foods

These hand-selected cloves have a high oil content and is rich flavor for pickles, drinks, curries and meats.

for Nigerians looking for X in the US, you can get your ingredients here - http://www.nigerianfoods.com/products/clove

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