African, Drinks, Senegal


Hi guys, I hope you are all enjoying the new year. I am so blessed to see another year. This year will be full of exciting recipes and lots more. So get ready! :)👏

Today I will be blogging on another drinks recipe. Bissap is a deink from Zimbabwe. It looks like zobbo, but its alitrle different. Itbhas alot more ingredients than the typical zobbo drink. I remember zobbo from way back, as In way back. It doesn’t really take a lot of stress to make, however you have to ensure it’s boiled right or else, it will taste sour and it will hit you behind your throat in a sharp way.

Zobbo is made from a hibiscus leaves and its also called sorrel leaves. It is red in colour and it looks like little dried flower at first sight, but if you know what comes out of this flower ehn!!! 😉

Let’s begin shall we.

2 cups of Hibiscus/sorrel leaves(flower)
Sugar to taste
2 litres of water plus 1 litre of Water to strain
1 tablespoon of Lemon juice (optional for when serving)
6 Mint leaves
1 cup of apple juice

garnish: slice of lemon, a sprig of mint

Medium sized pot
Wooden spoon

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes



Wash the hibiscus flower thoroughly. Please no rush job here. Wash it throughly to remove sand and dirt.

Next, once thoroughly washed, pour 1 litre of water into a medium sized pot, add the washed zobbo leaves and 6 mint stalks and cook uncovered for 20 minutes.


After 20 minutes remove from the heat and let it settle down for several hours. But however if you don’t have that much time, just proceed to the next step. ( give it 5 minutes to settle at least)

( I don’t like the idea of raw sugar being added after the drink has been made. it’s not really that healthy and there is a tendency to over sweeten it when it’s cold)

Once it’s boiled. Set it aside and let it cool down for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, remove as much leaves and mint as you can. Add the leaves to another bowl and set aside.


Drain the remaining leaves through  a seive to get rid of the leaves and residue.


Back to the leaves in the other bowl. Pour it into the seive and then pour cold water through it. Then pour the mixture into the other part of the drink. (This is to loosen and lighten the drink)



Next add the sugar, apple juice and fresh mint leaves. Check to make sure it is sweet but not too sweet.

Let it sit for 30 minutes, so that the mint can infuse properly.

After 30 minutes, take a glass cup, add the lemon juice, add and then pour the drink into the glass. Stir and its ready to serve. (The lemon juice is optional)

Garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of lemon.

All done. Enjoy your drink.

Thats it you are done. I’ll be posting more drinks made from sorrel/hibiscus leaves. Till then

That’s it’s from me

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Love Duchess O





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