So, you’re about having Nigerian food, or already had, and looking for that perfect, local drink to wash it down? I know how you feel – you want our sort of ‘bestseller list’ or most loved drinks, right? Well, here are my top 3 Nigerian drinks to try today…
Image source and recipe: K’s cuisine
Zobo is a mauve coloured, tangy cocktail drink that is made from dried calyces (sepal) of hibiscus flower (aka Roselle or Hibiscus sabdariffa). Well, actually, from a species of Hibiscus that is native to West Africa and some Carribean countries. The drink is rich in vitamin C, beta carotene, iron, calcium, citric acid and a lot of other good stuff. On any hot, sunny afternoon, all you need to cool down is a chilled glass of Zobo and some Nigerian puff-puff snack on the side – and you’re sure to not be hungry until dinner time.
Main Ingredients: hibiscus flower (aka Roselle or Hibiscus sabdariffa); ginger, cloves; usually sweetened with pineapple or orange juice or mixed fruits, or honey
Usually Served with: Nigerian snacks (puff puff, chin-chin etc.)
Photo credit: Sherry Ezhuchatchan/Flickr
Palm wine is the tasty sap collected from the cut flower of the palm tree. Freshly collected palm wine is very sweet and non-alcoholic, then fermentation has not started. Fermentation begins immediately after the wine leaves the tree, and the taste gradually goes from sweet to mildly sweet and then to sour and acidic, increasing in alcohol content. Some people prefer their palm wine sweet, and others prefer it stronger.
So, the type of palm wine you should choose would depend on how you typically like your drinks – sweet, sour? Or put in another way, alcoholic or non-alcoholic? That should help you know what t ask for when you visit a Nigerian bar.
Image Source, Recipe and video tutorial: link
Kunun zaki is a popular, non-alcoholic and nutritious Nigerian beverage made from whole grains (either millet, sorghum or maize). It is cream-milky in colour.
Main Ingredients: Whole grains, sweet potatoes, ginger, cloves, chilli pepper
Usually served: Chilled with any food or snack – either unsweetened or sweetened with sugar.
There you have it, guys – top 3 drinks to ask for when you’re in a traditional Nigerian bar or home. If you’d be visiting Rio (Brazil) for the 2016 Olympic, the Nigeria Olympic Hospitality House venue is the place to come try out delicious Nigerian food and drinks.
And, if you’ve had any of the above drinks, what was it like? Tell me in the comments section below.