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Top 10 Popular Local Drinks in Nigeria
Many ethnic groups in Nigeria have special drinks that are consumed only from them. There are also very popular drinks that are consumed by many Nigerians no matter their ethnic group.
Nigerians have different kinds of drinks such as fruit juices and different kinds of milk and brews. Even though these drinks have high levels of sugar, most of them have a lot of nutrients to help the locals to have a balanced diet.
Let’s explore the top 10 popular local drinks in Nigeria.
3. PitoThis fermented alcoholic drink is very famous in the northern part of Nigeria. Pito is produced from the grains of guinea corn. The drink is further sweetened to enhance the taste.
Kunu is a millet-based food drink that is best consumed within few hours of its production. Kunu is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and is high in fiber.
Adoyo is a yellowish local drink that is produced from ripe pineapple juice and supplement derived from Ogi, a product made from maize or sorghum. Adoyo is highly nutritious as it contains high ascorbic acid. Adoyo is also said to be very therapeutic as a cure for malaria, even though there is no medical evidence.
Omi Wara is another local drink from the northern part of Nigeria. It is obtained from cheese and water. Omi Wara is mostly enjoyed by northern locals.7.Zobo
Zobo is the local Nigerian non-alcoholic red wine. This drink is popular around all ethnic groups. Zobo is made from dried dry ingredients including red calyces and sepal of the Roselle plant.
Other basic ingredients for the zobo drink include garlic, ginger, pineapple, water, and sometimes honey, ginger, chili flakes, orange, lemon, and sugar syrup or concentrated juice powder. The drink is made by boiling all these ingredients in water. Zobo drink is loaded with lots of health benefits and is said to help reduce high blood pressure, aid digestion, and promote a healthy urinary tract.
This drink is a combination of some other popular drinks like Fanta, Sprite, orange juice. Other ingredients like lime or lemon, pineapple, cucumber, Grenadine syrup, Angostura aromatic bitter, or Alomo bitters are also added to this local mix. Some people prefer the non-alcoholic type, while others prefer to mix alcohol. It is best when served chilled. The fruit content of this drink makes it rich in vitamins and minerals.10. Peanut Milk Drink
The peanut milk drink is made from raw peanuts and cool water. It is made by peeling raw peanuts, blending with water, and straining. Because peanuts have a lot of proteins it is a highly nutritious drink.