Orijin is a Nigerian alcoholic beverage produced by Diaego/Guinness Nigeria PLC. Sold in dark green 65cl glass bottles and marketed with an ABV of 6%, Orijin is similar to beer in appearance and strength. Unlike beer, the drink does not contain barley or hops, rather marketing itself as "a bittersweet blend with flavours of African herbs and fruit". Ingredients listed on the label include water, alcohol, sugar and plant extract (kola nut, prune, oakwood, bitter orange peel, wormwood). The resulting flavor is a lightly fruity, bitter cocktail with a distinct medicinal taste. Anecdotally, many fans of the drink claim that the herbs that give the drink its distinctive flavor also act to prevent or counteract a hangover after a night of drinking.
A stronger liqueur version of the drink, called Orijin bitters, is available in 20cl and 75cl sizes, with an ABV closer to 30%.
In 2015, Orijin had more than 50 percent of the market for non-beer bottled drinks with a similar alcohol proof, according to data tracker Nielsen Nigeria. The popularity of the beverage within Nigeria, and its recent exportation to other countries in the region, have prompted competing breweries to look into a similar beverage.
Orijin Bitters is made by Guinness Nigeria Plc which is owned by the multinational drinks company Diageo. Keep in mind though that the drink is made locally here in Nigeria. It even says as much on the label! This of course means that the drink is made by folk here in Nigeria which we feel is an absolute must for any drink claiming African heritage