In this article, we’ll be looking at the top 9 local drinks in Nigeria made by local brewers. These drinks range from fruit juices to milk and brews. Despite the influx of sugar-filled and nutrition stripped foreign drinks, Nigerians are still known to appreciate their local drinks especially due to the high levels of nutrients in most of these drinks.
Here are the top 9 local drinks in Nigeria.
This is probably the most popular drink a local drink in Nigeria. It is consumed by almost all ethnic and tribal groups in Nigeria. The palm wine also plays a vital role in traditional celebrations as it is used to carry out several rites.
Palm wine is gotten from different species of palm trees such as raphia palms, the oil palm, and coconut palm. The palm wine was popularly known in Nigeria as Tombo, Pammy, etc.
The palm wine can be taken fresh with little or no alcoholic content or taken after fermentation with a drastic increase in alcoholic content. The palm wine is very nutritious. The results showed that while palm wine is an important source of nicotinic acid, vitamin C, protein, thiamin, and riboflavin.
This drink is peculiar to ethnic groups around the middle belt region of Nigeria. It is a local brew made from fermented sorghum and other protein enriched grains. The traditional method of producing burukutu involves malting, mashing, and fermentation.
Fermentation of sorghum is carried out by using 48-hour pasteurization achieved through boiling and maturation. Burukutu is a popular local alcoholic drink for the people of the middle belt region.
This is another locally fermented alcoholic drink from the northern part of Nigeria. Pito is produced from the grains of guinea corn including sorghum Vulgare and sorghum bicolor. The drink is further sweetened to enhance the taste.
Pito is also a by-product of Burukutu as it is often filtered off from the top. Pito has high alcoholic content like many local drinks.
This is a fermented traditional non-alcoholic drink also from the northern part of Nigeria. It is very popular among Nigerians. This beverage has a milky texture and is as we term it “Nigeria’s Irish Cream”.
Kunu is a millet-based food drink that is best consumed within a few hours of its production. This drink has two varieties; Kunu Zaki which has its main ingredient as millet and Kunu Gyada which has its main ingredient as groundnut sometimes, sprinkled with rice. Other varieties such as Kunu made with tiger nuts have surfaced from fast-rising chefs in Nigeria. Kunu is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and is high in fiber.
Adoyo is a yellowish local drink that looks a lot like fruit juice from a distance. Adoyo 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; although this assertion is largely unverified, many locals purchase this drink as a cure for malaria.
Zobo is the local Nigerian non-alcoholic red wine. The popularity of this drink cuts across all Nigerian ethnic groups. Zobo is made from dried dry ingredients including red calyces and sepal of the Roselle plant (Hibiscus sabdariffa) which is commonly known as zobo leaves in Nigeria.
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.
Ogogoro drink is the Nigerian version of vodka. It is derived from palm wine and is very popular among lower-class Nigerians and rural dwellers. Ogogoro is also popularly known by names like Kai-kai’, ‘Sapele Water’‘, Ufofob’, ‘Push Me, I Push You’ and loads of other funny names. Like the palm wine, ogogoro is also a traditional drink used to carry out traditional rites in festivals and traditional worship.
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.
Groundnut Milk Drink
Since groundnuts are rich in protein, some creative cooks devised a means of making a drink out of it. This groundnut milk drink is made from raw groundnuts and cool water. It is made by peeling raw groundnuts, blending with water and straining.
This drink can also be made by boiling the blended skinless raw groundnuts in little water. Boiling is preferred for the purpose of eliminating aflatoxins, which are present in raw foods such as corn, cassava, raw groundnut, and many others. However, it is ok to drink it raw since the amount of aflatoxins in food is said to negligible.
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