Zobonade is the summer drink to quench your thirst and cool you down on a hot sunny day. The name zobonade is derived from ZOBO (aka. sorelle or bissap or folére) and lemoNADE. It is made from a host of healthy ingredients some of which help fight diabetes, regulate blood sugar and even reduce the risk of certain cancers. Generally, the Zobo drink is made using the dried flowers of the hibiscus plant and some lemon. I wanted to add some zing so I included ginger. To give it that summer refreshing taste, I added lime. And that’s not all, to take this drink to a whole new level, I played with cloves. H.E.A.V.E.N.L.Y! It tasted like red wine with a slightly sweet note from pineapple and oranges. This Zobonade is a must-try for hot summer days.
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To give it that summer refreshing taste, I added lime. And that’s not all, to take this drink to a whole new level, I played with cloves. H.E.A.V.E.N.L.Y! It tasted like red wine with a slightly sweet note from pineapple and oranges. This Zobonade is a must-try for hot summer days.
Health benefits of Zobonade
The individual ingredients used for this zobonade recipe are serious nutritional powerhouses. Let’s focus on hibiscus flower, the main ingredient for this drink. Apart from using hibiscus flower leaves to make zobo jelly or plain zobo cake, its leaves can be used to make refreshing drinks like this zobonade. Here are some of its health benefits.
- is generally used to make jams, spices, soups, and sauces, the flowers are highly medicinal. Research shows that drinking hibiscus tea for 2 to 6 weeks can help lower blood pressure in people with mildly high blood pressure.
- tea consumed for 4 weeks can lower cholesterol levels in people with metabolic syndrome or diabetes.
- helps protect the liver.
- helps reduce cramps and brings relief from menstrual pain.
- lowers the absorption of starch and glucose and may help with weight loss and so much more.
To make this zobonade, simply peel a pineapple and boil the peel along with oranges, lemon, lime, hibiscus flower leaves, cloves and cinnamon sticks. Juice the pineapple fruit and add to the cooled drink. Add ice, et viola! To sweeten things up without compromising your diet, add a few drops of stevia before you serve with extra crunchy and flavorful meat pie or Auntie Zee’s signature chin-chin.
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- 1 pineapple
- 1 cup dried hibiscus (zobo/foléré/bissap) leaves, dried
- 2 oranges
- 1 lemon
- 1 lime
- 1 thumb-length ginger
- 2 cinammon sticks
- 1 tsp. cloves
- A few drops of stevia (optional)
- 2 litres of water
- Icecubes to chill.
- More lime or lemon slices to garnish
- Wash and peel pinapple. Keep the peel.
- Juice the pinapple flesh and set aside.
- Slice oranges, lemon and lime into circles.
- Wash ginger and slice into small pieces with the peel.
- Add water to a pot, add pinapple peels, sliced oranges, lemon, lime, ginger, cloves and cinnamon stick.
- Bring water to a boil. Once water starts boiling, add hibiscus leaves and turn off the heat completely. Allow the mixture to sit untill it cools off completely.
- Now add ice cubes into a glass, pour in some pineapple juice to fill 1/3 of the glass, now add the zobonade.
- For extra sweetness, add a few drops of stevia extract.
- You can also add vanilla extract for a floral note.