Iced Zobo Lemonade

Iced-Zobo-Lemonade_Nigerian DrinkIced Zobo Lemonade

It’s the peak of summer in most parts of the world and like everyone else I am constantly looking for ways to cool down. With a vision to make my liquid count, I created this extremely delicious summer mocktail. This antioxidant rich lemonade is a great guilt free way to relax  this summer. If you have end of summer  BBQ or get-together planned, this will make a great mocktail or cocktail (simply add your favorite vodka). The recipe as is will make about 3.5 liters and it can be doubled to make a bigger batch. This will also freeze extremely well as popsicles, simple add the finished juice into a popsicle mold and freeze overnight or use ordinary disposable cups if you don’t have a mold.

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What you will need:

Zobo concentrate:

  • 1 cup raw zobo leaves (hibiscus, Sorrel, Bissap leaves)

Making the concentrate:

Combine zobo leaves with 3 cups water, Boil on low-medium heat for 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool at room temperature. Remove and discard the leaves.  Refrigerate resulting liquid until chilled

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  • 1 + 1/3 cup sugar (substitute honey)
  • 1 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (About 7 fresh lemons)

Tip: To get the most juice out of the fresh lemons, microwave for 1-2 minutes before squeezing

  •        12  cups Water

Making the lemonade:

  • In a small pan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled. In a pitcher or large bowl, stir together chilled sugar syrup, lemon juice and remaining 11 cups water
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Sugar Syrup – Before

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Sugar Syrup – After


  • In a large pitcher or bowl, combine, lemonade and zobo concentrate .  Stir until thoroughly combined.


Serve on ice and enjoy the burst of flavors.

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By |August 10th, 2014|20 Comments

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  1. Kwara May 29, 2015 at 10:54 am - Reply

    alright, thank you

  2. Kwara May 28, 2015 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Hi, can i get the zobo leaves in the local markets here in Canada?, thanks

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 28, 2015 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      You can get it in south american/caribbean/ethnic food stores.

  3. cookliz May 26, 2015 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Lemon. Is it available in local markets?

  4. Chika Uche Ugwu February 19, 2015 at 8:08 am - Reply

    I am digging this ur site. So many interesting things. I tried the zobo n ginger version n i tried to sweeten with pineapple but there was no taste in it so i had to add a lot of sugar. Pls is there any other way to sweeten it without the sugar

  5. Tay November 25, 2014 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    I tried this drink in my hotel ,my 2nd time in Nigeria and it was spicy hot!! I don´t understand…

  6. Dayo B September 4, 2014 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Hey 9jafoodie, are the zobo leaves sold readily in the markets in Lagos? Please holla if you know where I can easily get them. I’d like to make this tomorrow. Thanks

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 5, 2014 at 1:11 am - Reply

      Yes they are. your best bet is to ask in your local market.. it’s typically sold by Hausa vendors.

  7. Aviky August 19, 2014 at 3:29 am - Reply

    Just made this now taste so nice…. Thanks

  8. Fairest August 13, 2014 at 4:36 am - Reply

    Thank so much! I ve been longing to make zobo.Can one put pineapple to spice it?I remember someone putting it?

  9. Hauwa Musa August 12, 2014 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Pls can I spice up my Zobo Lemonade, I mean with Ginger cos I like the taste of it? Also pls wot did u use 2 garnish the drink? Is it the lemonade or u cut in cucumber?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 12, 2014 at 4:57 pm - Reply

      Yes, you can add ginger and other spices to the zobo concentrate. I didn’t use any garnish in the drink but you can add cucumbers if you like.

  10. Amira August 11, 2014 at 4:50 am - Reply

    Will try this. I also do zobo and ginger which is also very good.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 11, 2014 at 4:47 pm - Reply

      let us know how it turns out. I do zobo with ginger and other spices as well 🙂

  11. janet August 11, 2014 at 12:30 am - Reply

    Can I say I love you!? Thanks. Will find a way to do this. I’ve always liked both zobo and lemonade

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