Are you looking for types of Beverages in Nigeria? If yes, you are in the right place. In this post, we will give you 20 of them as well as their prices.
As a child, every time beverage was mentioned what comes to mind was a chocolate drink but growing up I realized that beverage actually meant a drink which brings us to what is being discussed.
Meaning of Beverages
A beverage or a drink as it is popularly called in the country is simply a drinkable liquid that is not water. There are basically two types of beverages which are Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic beverages.
Alcoholic beverages are drinks that contain at least 0.5 – 75% alcohol. They are produced by the introduction of yeast for fermentation into substances such as Grapes, Grains, Barley, Fruits, Sugarcane and Rice. Examples of Alcoholic beverages are Wine, Champagne, Beer, Whiskey, Brandy, liquor, etc.
Non-Alcoholic beverages are drinks that do not contain any form of intoxicating substance, they are mostly sweet carbonated drinks and stimulants. They are also known as soft drinks which comes in different variations such as mineral water, juices, squashes, syrups, smoothies, shakes, etc.
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20 Types of Beverages in Nigeria
Beer is one of the most consumed alcoholic beverage in the country today. It is said to be the third most popular drink overall after water and tea in the world today.
Beer is brewed from cereal grains most commonly from malted barley, however, wheat, corn, and rice are also used.
The brewing process involves fermentation of the starch sugars in the materials which produce ethanol and carbonation in the resulting beer. Some brewery go-ahead to add hops which add bitterness and other flavors that act as a natural preservative and stabilizing agent.
In the country today we have many brands that the people can choose from for example Gulder, Star, Heineken, and so on. These products are packaged in bottles and cans to the taste of the consumers and are preferred chilled.
The price of these products ranges from ₦200 – ₦500 per product as they come in different sizes.
2. Soft Drink (common Name in Nigeria: Mineral):
A soft drink or mineral as it is popularly called in Nigeria is a drink that contains carbonated water, sweetener, and a natural or artificial flavoring. It is normally non-alcoholic and comes in many forms ranging from regular to low-calorie, no-calorie, caffeinated and caffeine-free drinks.
The amount of calories varies in soft drinks, depending on the sweetener used. This kind of beverage is practically found everywhere in the country at very affordable prices.
They come in cans, bottles, and pet (plastic bottle) containers and are sold for at least a ₦100 per product, some examples are coke, Fanta, seven-up, Pepsi, La-Casera and so on. They are an ever-refreshing way to cool off on a sunny day as they are mostly served chilled.
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This beverage is also popular amongst the Nigerian people because of its’ presumably health benefits, especially amongst the elderly.
Tea is an aromatic beverage that is prepared by adding hot or boiling water over cured leaves which is said to come from Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to East Asia.
It is normally processed and packaged in small tea bags that make it easy for one to use. There are different kinds of tea, for example; Green tea, Herbal tea, Black tea, Yellow tea, Fermented tea and so on.
One that is common to the Nigerian people is black tea, though other teas such as herbal and green tea are becoming widely used in the country today. A known tea brand in the country is Lipton Yellow Label tea and it cost just ₦10 for a tea bag and ₦200-₦300 for a whole pack.
Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world because of its stimulating effect in human due to its high caffeine content. It is produced from roasted coffee beans which are ground and mixed with hot water.
It is darkly colored, bitter and slightly acidic when it is prepared. People sometimes take coffee to keep awake and active especially at night. Some people prefer to take it to blank without adding any sweetener or milk to it while some prefer to add a sweetener and milk to it.
Though it’s been advised that it shouldn’t be taken frequently as it may pose a danger to health due to the caffeine content. Getting coffee doesn’t cost much in the country as they are packaged in small sachets and big containers to the affordability of many. Its price ranges from ₦50 and above.
Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented grapes. Winemaking generally consists of five steps which are harvesting, crushing and pressing, fermentation, clarification, and packaging and bottling.
Every winemaker follows these steps but uses their own unique way to make their wine taste differently from another. Grapes come in different flavors or types which determines the sweetness and flavor of the wine.
After the grapes have gone through the manufacturing process which turns it into wine, it is packaged in a bottle and sent to the market for sale.
Baron De Vall, Don Simon, and Baron Romero are good examples of wine as they can be found in most stores in the country and they cost as much as ₦700 and above per bottle.
6. Malt Drink:
this beverage is known for its sweet flavor and refreshing taste that comes with it and it is specially served chilled. Malt is actually a key ingredient that is used in brewing beer just that malt drink as it is fondly called doesn’t undergo the complete process that makes it beer which makes it a non-alcoholic drink.
Malt drink is a fermented drink in which the primary ingredient is the grain, or seed, of the barley plant, which is soaked in water and allowed to grow before they are dried, this process is called ‘malting’ before it is processed.
We have brands like Malta Guinness, Maltina, beta malt and the rest of them sold in the Nigerian market today for ₦150 per product. They are packaged in bottles, cans, and pet (plastic bottle) containers to the taste of the consumers.
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7. Chocolate Drink:
Chocolate drink is very familiar in the world today as it is loved most especially by children. Its sweet aroma and flavor are what makes it very appealing to many.
Chocolate is usually brown in colour after processing as they are gotten from cocoa seeds which are roasted and grounded. The end product is either in the form of a liquid paste or in a block and is mostly used as a flavoring ingredient in other foods.
Cocoa seeds naturally have an intensely bitter taste so they have to be fermented to bring out the flavor and minimize the bitter taste after which it is dried, cleaned and roasted for use.
There are different kinds of chocolate, for example, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate and so on. Many people prefer their chocolate drink hot especially on a cold day as it keeps you warm and bright too, though no substantial evidence has been laid down it’s said to help lift one’s mood and brain function.
The prices of these products vary based on the quality but a sachet of chocolate can be gotten for as low as ₦ They are packaged in sachets, packs and tins and cost as much as the size in which it comes. Some examples of these products are milo, bournvita, cowbell chocolate and so on.
Milk is produced or gotten normally from the mammary glands of mammals; it is actually used to enable healthy growth in infants. It is highly nutritious and largely consumed by a large number of people in the world.
It contains nutrients that are essential to the health of humans; this makes it a commonly used product in the history of mankind. Cow milk is mostly consumed and easy to come by.
It is served warm most times and can be used as an added flavor to other drinks such as chocolate drinks, coffee, tea, and so on. It is processed and packaged in the form of liquid or powder to the taste of the consumer.
There are different kinds of milk in the market such as whole milk, low-fat milk, fat-free milk and so on, all this is actually as a result of the processing of the milk to suit the taste of the wide range of consumers.
Brands like cowbell milk, dano milk, peak milk and the rest of them have been able to provide affordable products for the Nigerian people as anyone can easily get a sachet of milk for as low as ₦ They are packaged in sachets, packs, and tins.
Yoghurt is milk that undergoes bacterial fermentation; these bacteria are known as yogurt cultures. The fermentation of lactose by these bacteria produces lactic acid which helps to give the yoghurt its texture and characteristic tart flavor.
Cow milk is commonly available worldwide and, as such, is the milk most commonly used to make yogurt. This beverage is widely consumed by the Nigerian populace and it is best served chilled.
The yogurt is processed in ways to fit the taste of the consumers as we have yoghurts that are low-fat and also unsweetened. Most common is the sweetened yogurt as it comes at an affordable price of ₦100 per product.
They are normally packaged in packs, pets (plastic bottles) and plastic cups. A popular brand is Hollandia yoghurt.
10. Fruit Juice:
This is a drink made from the extracting the natural liquid contained in fruit or fruits and vegetables, It can also be liquids that are flavored with concentrates. Juice
is a commonly consumed beverage and is also used as an ingredient to add flavor to other foods or beverages. Fruits extraction can be done manually with the hands or with the help of a fruit juice extractor.
Natural fruit juice is healthy and does not require any preservative as it can be made and consumed almost immediately but where it is not completely consumed, it can be refrigerated.
Fruit juice does not only have to be one fruit, but it can also be a blend of two or three fruits to give it a unique taste. Some known juice products in the country are five alive and Chivita which comes in different flavors. They are normally packaged in packs and cost about ₦300-₦500 per product.
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A Chapman is a non-alcoholic drink normally referred to as a cocktail drink. It is a mix of fanta, sprite, lemon, cucumber, grenadine and angostura bitters, and these mixtures gives it a red coloring and are traditionally served in a glass cup with ice and few slices of cucumber placed at the tip of the glass cup.
Although today it can be served with alcohol, it solely depends on the consumer to add alcohol to the mixture. It is sometimes referred to as Nigerians favorite drink because of its fine taste.
It is mostly served in cups at bars and hangs out cribs for a price ranging from ₦200 and above. The price depends solely on the quantity ordered.
Zobo is a locally made Nigerian beverage that is made from dried Hibiscus plant flowers also known as Roselle. It is very popular amongst the Nigerian populace because of its ever refreshing nature as it is always served chilled.
Zobo is made by boiling the hibiscus plant flower in water together with other ingredients such as ginger, garlic, pineapple and the rest of them you wish to add to your own taste.
After which it is left to cool off, packaged in a plastic bottle and refrigerated. This drink is sold for at least ₦50, the more the quantity the higher the price but it is affordable and can be made by anyone.
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Kunu, also known as kunuzaki is a popular drink consumed throughout Nigeria, especially in the north. It is usually made from a grain such as millet, although corn can be used as well.
It comes out whitish in colour after the whole process. It is made by first allowing the grain seeds to germinate, and then the seeds are soaked in water for a few days after which it is blended together with sweet potatoes and ginger or pepper to form a smooth paste.
This paste is then divided into two parts. One part is first poured into a pot with boiling water poured on it, it is stirred until a thick mixture is gotten, then the other part is poured into the pot too and is stirred some more till the desired texture is formed.
The mixture is then left for a day or two for the grain husk to settle. After this, the husk and other sediment are filtered out of the mixture, and the filtered liquid is bottled for consumption.
It is better served chilled. There are other types of kunu such as Kunu Aya which is made from tiger nuts also known as Hausa coconut. These drinks are very nutritious and healthy for consumption and it is very affordable as a bottle can be gotten for ₦50. The price also depends on the quantity.
Brandy is a spirit produced by distilling wine which generally contains 35–60% alcohol by volume and is typically drunk after the day’s activity or most times offered to guests.
Varieties of brandy can be found across the winemaking world, they differ based on the flavor used and its colour is mostly caramel and cost as much as ₦500 per bottle, the prices are based on the quality and brand. A popular brand is Hennessy.
While brandy is generally made from grapes, that is, any distilled liquor made from fermented fruit juice is called brandy. Whiskey is made from grain, typically malted barley, corn, or other cereal grains, which is essentially brewed and fermented into beer.
So we can say whisky is distilled beer. It is highly alcoholic and is classified as a strong drink. The price for a bottle cost as much as ₦2000 and it varies based on the brand.
15. Energy Drink:
As the name implies, they are beverages that tend to provide mental and physical stimulation. It contains sugar and stimulant compounds, usually caffeine.
They may or may not be carbonated and may also contain other sweeteners, herbal extracts, and amino acids. They are just a subset of a larger group of energy products and are different from sports drinks.
There are different brands and varieties to choose from in the market today. Some popular brands in the country are power horse, red bull and bullet. They normally come in cans and cost as much as ₦500 per can.
This is also known as sparkling wine due to its sparkling nature. It derives its name ‘Champagne’ from its place of production which is the Champagne region of France.
It is produced from grapes which goes through secondary fermentation of the wine in the bottle to create carbonation. The process of production is quite unique from that of normal wine, it requires specific vineyard practices, sourcing of grapes exclusively from specific parcels in the Champagne regions and specific pressing regimes unique to the region.
Champagne is mostly associated with royalty and the wealthy because of its branding. A bottle of champagne could cost as much as ₦10,000.
18. PALM WINE:
Palm wine is known for its fresh sweet taste among the Nigerian populace. It is an alcoholic beverage gotten from the sap of various species of palm tree such as the palmyra, date palms, and coconut palms.
Its production and sales are largely done by local farmers and individuals who sell at a price based on the quantity requested. It is mostly served in native cups and bottles and you can get it for a price as low as ₦100 per bottle.
It is said that Palm wine production by smallholders and individual farmers will help promote conservation of palm trees which will become a source of regular household income thereby boosting the Nigerian economy.
19. LOCAL GIN:
It goes by many names but it is popularly known as ‘ogogoro’. It is an alcoholic beverage that is distilled from palm wine. It is known due to its cultural significance in many parts of the country as people use it for ceremonies and other cultural events.
However, when not properly brewed can become dangerous to the health. It is produced by boiling the sap to form steam, which subsequently condenses and is collected for consumption.
The alcoholic content is always very high as it ranges between 30-60% and it is mostly home-brewed. One can get a bottle for ₦500 and this depends on the quantity and brand.
20. FURA DA NONO:
This is a nutritional drink mostly patronized by northerners as its origin is from a tribe called the Fulani’s in Nigeria. It is made from fermented milk and ground millet grains and is thick but not as thick as yoghurt.
This drink is traditionally served in a round calabash bowl and eaten with a wooden ladle. The fura which is the millet is moulded into balls which the nono is natural cow milk. One can get this drink for as low as ₦100 depending on the quantity you request for.
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