Would you like to try some classic Nigerian drinks? I won’t look any further. Many of the lists below are traditional, homemade, and use fresh ingredients packed with health-promoting nutrients. In this modern era, many of the more traditional drinks have been commercialized and can now be purchased in bottles from supermarkets and specialized websites. But like many, nothing beats what you make by hand.
As a refreshing summer drink, you can enjoy it all chilled. “Milk” can be warmed for a pleasant winter / autumn drink. Ginger drinks and Zobo can also be served as tea.
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1. Chapman Cocktail
This bright orange drink is said to have come from Lagos’s exclusive Ikoi Club. A generous combination of popular soft drinks, blackcurrants and freshly sliced fruits makes Chapman a refreshing, flavorful and perfect drink for hot and sunny days.
2. Hradanono (Kibi milk)
This unique drink comes from northern Nigeria. This drink has two main components: flavour and milk. Hula balls are made from spiced millet flour. To maintain this vegan, you will need a plant-based alternative milk such as soy milk or oat milk. Beverages are made by dissolving one of the bowls in a cup or bowl of chilled milk.
3. Ginger drink
This fresh, immunizing drink is common among Hausa people in northern Nigeria. Sometimes called Hausa Beer, it is offered for special occasions such as weddings and birthday parties. Can you guess other important ingredients that give this drink a bright yellow color?
4. Kunun Aya (Tiger nut milk)
A creamy drink that is sweet, spicy and has a slightly nutty taste. Consumed primarily in northern Nigeria, it is a popular drink among the Hausa and Fula people. There are strong similarities between this drink and the Spanish drink Horchata de Chufa. If you can’t buy tiger nuts locally, you can easily find them online. When working with dried tiger nuts, it is advisable to soak for 8 hours or overnight to rehydrate before making this drink. Tiger nuts are naturally sweet, so you can omit the date.
5. Palm wine
The most popular traditional beverage in southern Nigeria is produced from the sap of palm trees (most commonly date palms or coconut palm trees) extracted by palm tappers. White sap is taken from cut flowers of trees and is rich, sweet and non-alcoholic before fermentation. The fermentation process can take hours to days, producing a very aromatic wine that is mildly intoxicating.
6. Tsamiya (tamarind juice)
Another delicious drink in northern Nigeria, this drink is easy to make and requires fresh seasonal ingredients. It has a slightly sweet and sour taste and can be further enhanced with other flavors such as ginger, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.
7. Zobo (Hibiscus Punch)
It is a popular drink in northern Nigeria, but it is loved all over the country. This drink, sometimes called Zoborod, is a spicy and aromatic fruit punch with many health benefits. The hibiscus leaves have wonderful floral notes and the characteristic crimson color of the drink is very attractive.