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Dawa Cocktail

This popular Kenyan cocktail is very quick and easy to make. The word 'Dawa' means 'medicine' in Swahili, although it is very much not a medicine! But I guess the ingredients such as the lime and honey could be seen as somewhat medicinal ๐Ÿ˜‚. The Dawa stick is also prominent feature of this drink. However I couldn't source one here in the UK so I substituted with a honey dip stick instead.

This cocktail however originated from Brazil and found its way to Kenya but has its own Kenyan twist to it. It is said/claimed to have been originated by a restaurant called Carnivore restaurant in Nairobi - so if you ever visit Nairobi, it is a must try and visit to this restaurant (I will definitely be doing so when I visit ). It has also spread and become popular in the touristy region of Southern and Northern Africa as well. But in the mean time, enjoy this at home to wind down after a long day or make to impress your friends when you next host a party or get-together. Let's get into the recipe!


Recipe (serves 2)


-2 limes

-2 tbsp honey

-2 tbsp Demerara/brown sugar (any other sugar will do)

-Crushed ice

-Vodka- 120 ml (60ml per glass)

Kitchen Tools


-Honey dip stick (to decorate and to add the honey in )

-Lowball glass cup



1) Put 1 tbsp sugar each into each glass cup. Cut the limes into quarters. Place them into glass cups- so 4 chunks per glass cup.

2) Using a muddler, muddle the lime and sugar together in order to release the lime juice but make sure not to overdo it so as not too release too much of the bitterness from the lime.

3) Add the vodka in- 60ml into each glass cup. Stir the mixture together using a spoon.

4) Then add crushed ice- enough to fill up the cup.

5)Lastly, dip the honey stick into honey and then dip and mix into the drink. That's it, enjoy!

Check out the reels section of my Instagram page for a quick video showing the process here.

Any questions, feel free to send an email or message on any of my social media platform.

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