Zobo Drink Recipe

Zobo drink, also known as a sorrel drink (Jamaica and other Caribbean places) is refreshing and highly nutritious.  It is delicious with ginger, which adds more nutrients and minerals per glass.

If you haven’t done so as yet, please read this article to learn about the health benefits of the Zobo drink.  Having done that, I am sure you are ready for the Zobo Drink Recipe.

I had a change of heart.  I will give you more than one recipe.  This is sometimes made as a tea or just a drink and you can well imagine that it is done differently around the globe.

Zobo Drink with Ginger and Cinnamon Sticks

Ginger and cinnamon are both great for diabetics.  Wait!  Read this article about ginger and diabetes.

Okay, while you are at it, why not watch this video too.  Yes, it is also about ginger and diabetes.

Before we go to the first zobo drink recipe, please take a look at this article and see how you can use cinnamon to fight diabetes.  Here is the article about cinnamon.

Okay, now, look below for the ingredients.  Yes, it is time for that promised recipe.


  • 1 cup hibiscus petals (sorrel)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 tbsp chopped ginger
  • Sweetener of choice (Go easy if you are diabetic.  I just skip the sweetener or I use 1/2 teaspoon per 16 oz glass when I am ready for a drink)
  • 5 cups of water


  1. Place the hibiscus leaves into a colander and rinse.
  2. Chop the ginger.  Small pieces are better.  You could also grate the ginger.
  3. Cut the lemon into about 4 pieces.
  4. Add the sorrel, water, lemon, ginger, and cinnamon to a pot on the stove.
  5. Turn the heat to high.
  6. Allow it to boil.
  7. Turn the heat to medium and let it simmer for about 20 minutes.
  8. Let it sit for about an hour.
  9. Use a fine-mesh strainer to strain the mixture.
  10. Add your choice of sweetener, or just leave it out if you are diabetic.
  11. Cool on the counter for another hour.
  12. Place in the refrigerator.
  13. Enjoy your delicious, refreshing, nutrient-dense drink.

Zobo Drink with Rum


  • 5 cups of water
  • 1 cup dried hibiscus flower bud (Sorel/Hibiscus Sabdariffa)
  • 8 cloves
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 star of anise
  • Honey to taste
  • Rum (You get to decide the amount of rum to add.  Please go easy, if you are diabetic, or otherwise on medication)
  • Ice cubes


  1. Pour the water into a pot, with the stove turned on high heat.
  2. Add the hibiscus flower buds.
  3. Add the cinnamon stick, star anise, and the cloves
  4. Mix and allow to boil.
  5. Turn off the stove.
  6. Cover and steep for 30 minutes.
  7. Sweeten while it is still hot (feel free to leave out the sweetener if you are diabetic, or go easy on the amount of sweetener).
  8. Strain and cool.
  9. Add a little rum.
  10. Mix and cool in the refrigerator, after it sits for about an hour.
  11. Serve with ice cubes.
  12. Enjoy another delicious and nutritious drink.
Let us bear in mind that diabetes is a lifestyle illness and so a simple change to whole foods and exercise is sometimes the only fix we need.  Yes, eating vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, peas, beans, some animal protein, and becoming more active will lower our blood sugar numbers and take us to the normal range.  It is really that simple.
Tis the season for sorrel, so go ahead and read this previously written article about sorrel/zobo.  If you haven’t done so yet, go ahead and start making your sorrel/zobo drink.  Yes, you can start drinking it now.  There is no need to wait on Christmas Day.  As I type, I am drinking my hot chocolate beverage.
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