My zobo lemonade recipe is part homemade hibiscus refresher and part superfood juice.
I'm a big fan of good-for-you drinks. From nutrient-dense smoothies to immune supporting tonics, there are several solid sips in the Dash of Jazz drinks archives and my zobo lemonade drink is the latest addition to the cool kids club. It's refreshing, flavorful, and packed with antioxidants. It's also a riff on the popular zobo tea from my father's homeland of Nigeria. Zobo, which translates to hibiscus from the Hausa language, is indigenous to West Africa and enjoyed throughout the African diaspara in many ways and under names including sorrel, roselle, and jamaíca. It's delicious in any language and very easy to make. Let's get into the details.
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Ingredients You'll Need
This superfood lemonade starts with a common Nigerian zobo drink recipe and adds fresh lemon juice and honey to make it...lemonade. I also throw some turmeric in there because, why not? Here are the lemon zobo drink ingredients:
- Dried Hibiscus Petals (Zobo)
- Lemon Juice
You'll also need a small saucepan for this recipe. I like this pot for making zobo drinks because it has a strainer in the lid, which makes the process easy. Also make sure you have a cutting board on hand, as well as a sharp knife, and a sturdy pitcher--preferably with a sealing lid.
Tips for Making this Recipe
- Can I steep my zobo drink overnight? If you're familiar with sorrel drinks, you know the longer you let the ingredients steep, the stronger the flavor. The same applies here. You'll have great taste as soon as the water has cooled but can certainly steep for longer.
- What are the benefits of zobo tea? As I mentioned, the ingredients in this drink are full of antioxidants. It is truly a superfood drink with compounds thought to help lower blood pressure and promote a healthy liver. This spiced hibiscus lemonade has no refined sugar so it's a pretty clean way to hydrate, too.
- How long does this lemonade stay fresh? Although this recipe has plenty of anti-bacterial properties, you should try to consume it within two weeks. The flavor will last longer but I can't vouch for the safety of consuming it beyond that length of time. When bottled, zobo lemonade keeps for up to one year.
- How to store this drink? For best results, store your hibiscus lemonade in an airtight container in the fridge.
Down here in Texas, we're a month ahead of schedule temperature-wise, which means it's even hotter than it should be. So I'm making my Nigerian hibiscus lemonade all the time. I hope you'll do the same. And sharing is caring so be sure to pin this lemonade recipe with health benefits on Pinterest. Thanks for reading!
How to Make my Hibiscus Lemonade
Naturally-sweetened, spiced hibiscus lemonade full of superfood ingredients
- 6 cups water
- 1 cup dried hibiscus also called zobo, jamaica or sorrel
- 1 2-inch knob fresh turmeric
- 1 2-inch knob fresh ginger
- ½ teaspoon cloves
- 4 ounces lemon juice
- honey to taste
Add water to a small saucepan and bring to a boil then remove from heat.
Meanwhile, rinse and drain hibiscus. Add hibiscus, turmeric, ginger, and cloves to hot water and steep until water cools to room temperature (about 40 minutes).
Strain liquid into a pitcher then stir in lemon juice and honey until dissolved.
Serve over ice. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Keeps for up to two weeks.