Recipe for sorrel drink also known as ‘sobolo’ in Ghana

This is an incredibly refreshing drink made from the flowers of sorrel plant. It is ideal for drink ups, snacking or anytime you feel like gulping down some chilled juice. What many people do not know is that, it has a lot of health benefits like lowering high blood pressure and its said to calms nerves!

Here’s how you make your own Sorrel drink!


  • 1 bag dried sorrel
  • 11 cups water
  • 1 to 2 cups sugar (sweeten to taste )
  • 10 cloves
  • 2 medium sized fresh ginger crushed
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice



  1. wash sorrel to remove any old leaves but be  fast before all the colour seeps out! that’s the main content of the drink.
  2. Remove any other leaves that do not look like sorrel.
  3. Wash thoroughly

To get stated


  1. Place all ingredients except sugar in a tall pot. This is important as the mixture tends to froth and bubble up
  2. Boil for approximately 20 minutes or until the sepals looks whitish
  3. Turn off heat, cover and allow to steep for at least 5 hours ,however overnight is preferred.
  4. Strain the mixture and add sugar to taste
  5. Add ice cubes and start the fun!

NOTE : You can add more ginger and cloves for a more ‘spiced  flavour’, to your taste. And if you want an alcoholic alternative, you can add some vodka to taste. Enjoy!!!

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21 Responses

  1. the sugar must be reduce

  2. patty says:

    Yes, the sugar needs to be reduced.

  3. LUCY says:


  4. Matlida says:

    Pls shd I remove de leaves after boiling sorrel leaves.gv

    • bibinigh says:

      If you want to chill your drink in bottles inside your fridge,
      place a sieve inside a clean bowl and pour the entire content into
      a sieve to drain out your juice. Enjoy!!!

  5. jonathan says:

    wow i love this drink..good for my stomach

  6. Augustina says:

    I really love the teast

  7. Tryphena says:

    I really like it but the sugar must be reduced.

  8. grace says:

    Anytym i do it ,it becomes bitter i dnt knw y

    • bibinigh says:

      Hello Grace,
      It could be that your measuring cup is smaller than the usual but what you can do is to add another cup or two of water to dilute it a little bit more. This is because, the sorrel has a tangy taste already. The lemon also has a sour taste so the thick concentrate of both will leave some sourness which some people enjoy but as I said earlier, you may dilute it a bit and reduce the lemon juice. That should do the trick! Cheers 😉

  9. tilly says:

    please i want to know if the gender and cloves will be grinded or u boil it like that.

    • bibinigh says:

      Hi Tilly,

      You can crush the ginger for a light ginger flavour or grind it into a paste for hot ginger flavour to your taste but drop the cloves in whole. 😉

  10. Aboagye says:

    i love this drink

  11. Maame Bamfua says:

    Thanks bibiniGH. Recipe helpful?

  12. Hans says:

    wooow this is sooo nice , thank u

  13. Cynthia says:

    Love this soo much,thanks for the recipes

  14. Adiepena says:

    What’s cloves ?pls ….do we have another name for it

    • bibinigh says:

      Pat, I know cloves is called ‘mpregoo amba’ in Fante, and ‘Esoro wusa’ in Asante Twi. but better still, u can google images to see how it looks like. Its a very common spice so, google cannot disappoint you. All the best in ur sobolo drink making! cheers!

  15. OkumkomCatering says:

    I eliminate the sugar completely and use Dole Pineapple juice instead. I also like it spicy so I add a few hot pepper fingers.

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