The non-alcoholic locally-made drinks include:  ‘Zobo’, ‘Kunu-Zaki’, ‘Bouza,’ ‘Merissa’, ‘Komoni’, and Bogule. 

To avoid spoilage, it is advisable to make these drinks in the kitchens on a small scale and store them in the refrigerators powered by generators. It is not difficult at all to make them, and it will be exciting setting up large-scale local drinks producing factories that will better package and preserve particular value-chains for longer shelf-life. 

The formula of how to make Zobo or other common non-alcoholic African drinks and beverages is simple. All it takes to make these drinks is to obtain the recipe; then do repeated trials to perfect production. It will be useful to provide illustrations with ‘Zobo’.

Zobo drink, also known as Sorrel or hibiscus drink is one of Nigeria’s popular non-alcoholic drinks.

Easy to make and quite refreshing, it quenches the taste and has the necessary ingredients. It has a somewhat sugary taste and rich nutritional values and is relatively cheap. 

Zobo is made purely from natural ingredients (hibiscus flower, ginger, pineapple, or other fruit or sachet flavor, water, and sugar). 

The recipe is quick and requires just a few ingredients.

Equipment: Pot


  • 1 cup of zobo leaves (hibiscus or sorrel leaves)
  • 1 whole Pineapple cut
  • 1 Orange cut
  • 2 thumb size ginger minced
  • 4 cloves
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • Cucumber to garnish (optional)


  • Add the zobo leaves to a pot and pour in water.
  • Add in the grated ginger, cloves, orange cut and pineapple cut up
  • Cover pot and leave to boil for 30 minutes
  • Add sugar, and give it a good stir and leave to cool.
  • Sieve through a fine mesh and chill in the fridge.
  • Serve and garnish with orange and cucumber (optional)

Preparation Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 35 mins

Nutrition(Calories):   40kcal  

Cost Price in the international market for a 2-Litre Plastic Bottle: $5

Prices of the Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Local Prices of the non-alcoholic locally-made drinks such as ‘Zobo’, ‘Kunu-Zaki’, ‘Bouza,’ ‘Merissa’, ‘Komoni’ and Bogule: range from N200/ 35cl – N500/liter bottle.


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