Zobo Drink (Hibiscus Drink)

Zobo Drink is a healthy, refreshing fruit drink infusion made with dried hibiscus flowers and 100% natural fruit juices – pineapple, ginger, and orange- for sweetness.

Trust me; this is the perfect drink for summer, celebrations, and weekends!

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This traditional drink is naturally sweet; it has a zesty taste and a vibrant deep ruby-red color.

How to Make the Zobo Drink

Enjoy this Zobo Drink’s heavenly mix of flavors from your favorite fruits!



Pineapples have a sweet and tart-like flavor, making them perfect for refreshing beverages. The pineapple contains antioxidants and enzymes to help with protecting the body against diseases and ease digestion. 

I especially love these pineapples when making a Fruit Smoothie, Pineapple Juice, and Fruit Popsicles!


Just like pineapples, oranges also have a sweet flavor. They contain fiber, potassium, and calcium to regulate blood sugar and blood pressure and strengthen bones. 

If I have leftover oranges, I use them to prepare Orange Juice for my family and friends!


Another ingredient to be used is ginger. Incorporating ginger in juice drinks can add nutritional value because it aids in weight loss, digestion, muscle pain, blood pressure, and immunity. In terms of flavor, ginger can add some zing and tanginess to the Zobo Drink. 

You can also experience ginger’s spicy and tangy quality in other drinks and juices, such as Pineapple-Ginger Juice and Apple, Carrot, and Ginger Juice!

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Hibiscus flowers

Hibiscus flowers are also amazing components to enhance the flavor of the Zobo Drink. The hibiscus flowers will add a fruity sweet taste and a flowery fragrance to the drink.

You will probably enjoy the flavor of hibiscus flowers, so remember to use any leftovers for Hibiscus Tea to go with your breakfast meals!


Aside from the aforementioned ingredients, the recipe will also use star anise, cloves of garlic, and hot pepper to balance the sweetness with minty and zesty components. 

Once you have prepared the ingredients, let’s start making the Zobo Drink!


  1. Slice the oranges into lengthwise quarters using a knife.
  2. Cut the pineapple at the top and bottom and mount it on a flat surface.
  3. Run your knife through the pineapple eyes to remove the skin. 
  4. Slice the pineapples into pieces that can fit the slow juicer
  5. Use a knife or a spoon to peel the ginger. If the ginger is too large for the slow juicer, you can slice it into several pieces. 
  6. Insert the pineapples into the juicer. Then, put the oranges and the ginger next.
  7. Pour the extracted juice into a bowl.
  8. Stir in the star anise, garlic cloves, and hot pepper.
  9. Let the mixture infuse for an hour to make the Zobo Drink more flavorful and aromatic. 
  10. Pour the contents into a glass and serve with your favorite home-cooked dishes!
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Quick Tip!

Note: As an alternative method, you can also bring the juice to a boil over a pot. Let it cool, filter, and serve to drink with pineapple ice cubes! 

When properly prepared, this Zobo Drink will definitely be a delight to consume! Not only is it refreshing and sweet, but it is also good for your body and lifestyle!


How to Select and Store Pineapples

Selection. When choosing pineapples, always opt for the ones with healthy-looking green leaves. Touch the pineapple to ensure that it has a firm shell but a texture that yields a bit of pressure. 

The pineapple should also feel heavy, including juice and flesh. To check for freshness, you should smell a sweet and fragrant scent at the bottom of the pineapple. These are also usually in season from March to July each year.

Storage. If stored at room temperature, use the pineapple within 2 days because it easily bruises and ferments if unrefrigerated. To preserve it, put it in a perforated plastic bag that lasts up to 5 days in the fridge. 

On the other hand, if the pineapples have already been opened and sliced, it’s best to store them in an airtight container in the fridge to last up to a week. The sliced pineapples can also be frozen in freezer bags or airtight containers for up to 6 months. 

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How to Purchase and Store Oranges

Selection. In selecting the oranges to purchase, go for the ones that feel heavy and firm. The texture of the skin should be smooth and fine. Bright orange and greenish oranges are safe to eat as long as there are no soft spots. 

Since the oranges will be used for juicing, it’s best to choose the proper variants, such as Valencia, Tangerines, Satsuma, Blood Oranges, and Navel. Using oranges with seeds can make the drink slightly bitter. 

Storage. Oranges can be stored in cool and dry places at room temperature for up to 2 days. Should you decide to refrigerate it, you can store it in a mesh bag, airtight container, or in your fridge’s crisper drawer to last up to 2 weeks. 


This Zobo Drink recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free! Its all-natural sweetness leaves no room for sugar or any artificial sweeteners. You can even incorporate cucumber, zobo leaves, beetroot, mangoes, and more! 

If you want to enjoy the fruits individually, you can make fresh Pineapple Juice, Orange Juice, or Carrot Juice!

  • Slow juicer: This convenient equipment is perfect for juicing any fruit or vegetable.
  • Glass jug: Use a glass jug to contain the extracted juices. 
  • Cutting board: Place the fruits on a cutting board to prevent contamination.
  • Easy Grip Glass Round: Use this to infuse and serve the Zobo Drink.
  • Knife: Slice the fruits using a clean and sharp knife.
  • Spatula: To extract the juices of the other ingredient, push the spatula against the fine mesh sieve. 
  • Fine mesh sieve: Filter the juice for a finer and richer texture. 

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How to Serve the Zobo Drink

Zobo drink can be at least an hour after infusing. The longer it infuses, the more flavorful and healthier it will be. It can be served at room temperature or as a chilled drink with pineapple ice cubes. 

It can serve as refreshments at parties, events, lunches, or other occasions. The Zobo drink will surely be like a breath of fresh air from the common drinks served at events. 

You will appreciate this drink better if you pair it with any of the dishes below:

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Storage Tips

  • At room temperature: Since the ingredients are perishable, it is best to let the Zobo Drink sit at room temperature for up to 2 hours only. 

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  • In the fridge: Store the Zobo drink in an airtight container for up to 2 days. 
  • To freeze: Filter the drink and pour the liquid into ice cube trays. Once frozen solid, transfer the cubes into a freezer bag or resealable bag in the freezer. Frozen Zobo can last up to several weeks in the freezer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Zobo Drink do to your body?

The Zobo Drink is one of the healthiest drinks because the recipe uses all-natural ingredients without sugar or artificial sweeteners! Its freshness and organic components will allow your body to absorb nutrients and vitamins. 

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What is Zobo Drink made from?

The Zobo Drink is made of fresh fruit juices, herbs, and hibiscus flowers. You can customize the fruits used as long as they work well together. These ingredients can help achieve its vibrant color, aromatic fragrance, and delicious flavor.

Can you consume the Zobo Drink every day?

You can drink the Zobo Drink every day as long as you consume it in moderation. In fact, drinking a certain volume of this beverage regularly can make a significant and lasting effect on your health. 

Drinking too much of this can cause adverse reactions like stomach aches, diarrhea, and even vomiting. Moreover, people with low blood pressure should consume this drink in minimal amounts to maintain a healthy blood sugar level. 

In extreme and excessive cases, too much of this beverage can cause hallucinations, lack of concentration, and nausea. Generally, the Zobo Drink is safe to consume as long as the amounts are in moderation. 

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Zobo Drink

4.50 from 2 votes
For a sweet and healthy take on refreshing drinks, you should definitely try out this Zobo Drink recipe. The ingredients are natural, fresh, and nutritious! No sugar or artificial sweeteners are needed!
Prep Time 8 mins
Total Time 8 mins
Servings 5
Course Drinks, Drinks and Juices
Cuisine African
Calories 106kcal


  • 550 ml pineapple juice (fresh 900g pineapple flesh)
  • 450 ml orange juice (fresh 800g pineapple flesh)
  • 30 ml fresh ginger (90g ginger)
  • 50 g hibiscus flower
  • 3 star anise (whole/crushed)
  • 7 whole cloves (whole/crushed)
  • ¼ tsp hot chili powder (optional)


  • Prepare the ingredients.
    Slice the oranges into lengthwise quarters to easily remove the skin.
    Cut the pineapple at the top and bottom and mount it on a flat surface. Run your knife through the pineapple eyes to remove the skin.
    Slice the pineapples into pieces that can fit the slower juicer.
    Use a knife or a spoon to peel the ginger. If the ginger is too large for the slower juicer, you can slice it into several pieces.
  • Feed the ingredients into the slow juicer.
    First, insert the pineapples into the juicer. Then, put the oranges and the ginger next. You will notice that the mixture will turn into appetizing orange color and the juice will emit a fruity and sweet aroma.
  • Combine the juice with all the other ingredients in a bowl.
    Pour the extracted juice into a deep bowl. Next, stir in the star anise, cloves, and hot chili powder if you prefer. Mix everything together to effectively combine the flavors.
  • Let the juice infuse – no-cook method
    To make the Zobo Drink more flavorful and aromatic, let the mixture infuse for at last an hour.
  • Let the juice infuse on heat
    Note: As an alternative method, you can also bring the infused juice to a boil once in a pot over medium heat. Let it cool, filter, and serve to drink with pineapple ice cubes!



  • Remember that the Zobo Drink is not recommended for babies and pregnant women.
  • Purchase quality fresh fruits to make the drink more flavorful and healthier.
  • Store it in the fridge or freezer for longer shelf life.


Serving: 1 (of 5)Calories: 106kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 357mgFiber: 1gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 256IUVitamin C: 58mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 1mg
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