Refreshing Pineapple Sobolo Drink (Hibiscus Tea)
Friends, it's officially summer as of a few weeks ago. I mean, it was basically summer in the beginning of June according to the Ohio weather we had. But now, it's like official. That means, the days are longer, everyone is getting outside as much as possible, patio drinking & eating is in full effect & the laid back vibes are in full force.
I'm also all the way here for all of those things. While summer isn't my favorite season it's been good to me so far. A lot of changes are happening around here and these summer days have given me a chance to just relax. And I seriously need that in every way.
I'm the type of person that can go, go, go with something at every turn. A spin class here, taking a new class, joining a new webinar, developing a new recipe, healing my gut always & forever, keeping up with my sister's happenings (we're constantly in a group text) & trying to stay sane through it all. I'm not used to anything slow.
I drive fast, text fast, talk fast, eat fast, shower fast, the list goes on. So to do something slowly it has to be a conscious decision. And it's something I'm currently working on every day. I catch myself rushing or even rushing those around me...and for what? Most of the time it's okay to take a few extra minutes and enjoy the moment.
I think I got it from my Dad who is always 30-40 minutes early to every social engagement we ever go to. It's gotten to the point where we've told him the party started at a different time just so we could be there ON time instead of super early. Sorry not sorry, Dad. LOL!
Albert is good at slow, and I mean that in all of the positive ways possible. He walks really slow, all of his meals take 45+ minutes and he's adamant about not rushing the process. He double, triple & quadruple checks his work before sending it off. And he will take extra time to think something through before making a solid decision on it.
For someone like me, it used to drive me nuts. Come ON! Let's goooo! But I'm enjoying the slower pace & mindset. But let's be honest. He's way better at it than I am.
Just like this Pineapple Sobolo. Albert introduced me to this drink. It's a standard drink where he is from in Ghana. He said that back home, they drinking this almost like how Americans drink pop. You see it everywhere and everyone knows about it.
Sobolo is made from dried hibiscus leaves brewed for 20-30 minutes in boiling hot water before being mixed with other flavors. Once finished it is so light & fresh that you'll definitely have a few cups before your thirst is quenched.
This recipe makes a vat of Sobolo so feel free to cut it in half if you only want a little bit. But, truth be told, you'll later wish you had more on hand. So, just go big with this one okay? Trust me.
Pineapple Sobolo Drink
3 cups dried hibiscus tea leaves
6-7 c. boiling water
1 1/2c. coconut sugar
2c. pure pineapple juice
2-3tsp ground ginger
Bring water to a boil & pour over tea leaves in a large bowl
Let brew for 20-30 minutes (longer if you'd like) until you see a deep red color
Once brewed, drain hibiscus leaves squeezing out all the liquid from the leaves (you may toss leaves as you won't need them again or keep them for a garnish later)
In a separate bowl, pour sugar and 2-3 tbsp. of boiling water (just enough to melt the sugar)
Add melted sugar to sobolo drink along with pineapple juice & ginger
Whisk together until all ingredients are combined. (You may have a few specs of ginger throughout, that's normal)
Let cool uncovered for 1-2 hours
Serve over ice & enjoy!
Store in sealed containers for 2-3 weeks (if it lasts that long!)
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