Let's Celebrate Africa Day With a Dawa Cocktail

Let's Celebrate Africa Day With a Dawa Cocktail

An African holiday like today calls for a cocktail from the continent. A classic cocktail most people have heard of is the Dawa.

Dawa means "medicine" or "magic potion" in Swahili. In other words, a dawa is said to be so potent that it will cure whatever ails you. The recipe is based on a famous Brazilian drink that was introduced to Kenya. It is now one of the most widely consumed cocktails in Kenya. In fact so much so that it has become the National Drink.

But really, who can blame us? It is a delicious drink that suits every mood.



The key item to have on hand is a swizzle stick or "dawa stick", to stir the honey into the drink.

1 teaspoon brown sugar

1 lime, quartered

2 ounces vodka

Honey (approximately 1 heaping Tablespoon)


In an Old Fashioned glass, muddle the limes with the brown sugar, crushing out as much lime juice as possible. Add crushed ice and vodka.

Dip a "dawa stick" in honey and twist it to coat. Use the honey-coated stick to stir the drink. Alternatively, a dollop of honey may be spooned into the drink, and then stirred from the bottom with the dawa stick.