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Zobo or Sorrel Drink

Zobo or Sorrel Drink Recipe

Try this healthy zobo or sorrel drink, perfectly sweetened with a sugar-free sweetener so you can enjoy this delicious drink, without feeling guilty!
Course Drinks
Cuisine Carribean
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 5kcal


  • Medium sized bowl
  • Cooking pot (or an Instant Pot for the Instant Pot Method)
  • A cooking stick or spatula to mix


  • 2 cups dried hibiscus leaves
  • 10 cups water
  • ½ piece ginger (roughly sliced)
  • 1 pineapple (roughly chopped)
  • 1 peel of an orange
  • ½ cup monk fruit sweetener (optional) (or regular sugar).
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 star anise (optional)


  • Wash the hibiscus leaves, drain and set aside. Proceed to wash the orange and peel it. This recipe only uses the rind so it is better to use good quality, uncontaminated oranges.
  • Roughly slice the ginger, it is not necessary to peel it.
  • Add water to a medium-sized pot and allow it to come to a boil then add the monk fruit sweetener. Reduce the heat to medium, stir and allow to dissolve.
    ½ cup monk fruit sweetener (optional), 10 cups water
  • Add the chopped pineapple, hibiscus leaves, ginger, orange peel, cinnamon sticks, and star anise (optional). Cover and allow to simmer for 30 minutes, stirring from time to time.
    2 cups dried hibiscus leaves, ½ piece ginger, 1 peel of an orange, 3 cinnamon sticks, 3 star anise, 1 pineapple
  • Once done, use a strainer or a piece of cheesecloth to sieve the bissap juice into a bowl or another pot. If using a cheesecloth, squeeze again to get as liquid as possible. Taste and add more sweetener if desired.
  • Allow it to cool. Once cool, pop it in the refrigerator to chill. To serve, fill glasses with ice and pour the chilled Zobo drink on top. Serve cold, and enjoy.


  • For a more intense flavour, allow your Zobo to refrigerate overnight. This allows the spices to blend with the hibiscus.
  • The longer the drink boils, the more intense the flavour will be. Boil the ingredients for a shorter period of time (about 15 minutes) if you prefer a much less intense flavour. Also, for a more concentrated flavour, use the pineapple peels during the boiling stage.
  • Use less water for a more concentrated flavour. The more concentrated the drink, the tangier it will be. To dilute, simply add more water.
  • The nutritional information below is based on the nutritional information for Hibiscus tea provided by the United States Department of Agriculture. Zero calories and zero net carbs are calculated for the monk fruit sweetener.
  • You can spice your Zobo drink or Caribbean Sorrel in so many ways. Other popular spices include black pepper, nutmeg or allspice berries. You can also use pineapple, lime or lemon peel.


Calories: 5kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg