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7 African Cocktails You Must Try, At Least Once

The perfect wind down for your relaxation.

BY Agnes Amondi

May 16, 2023, 05:08 PM

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World cocktail day is celebrated in May and we want to join you in your celebrations. Is there anything that defines a night out or an occasion more than the type of drinks you have?

Let's talk about cocktails.

The continent is known for its vibrant music, food, clothing, landscape, wildlife and more. There’s a lot of buzz about who makes the best food, who has the biggest celebrities and the hottest music. 

Rarely do we hear about African cocktails but they exist and like your typical classic cocktails, there is a range of flavours to choose from the sweet to the sour. If you are looking to try new cocktail recipes, let’s dive deep into African cocktails.

1. Dawa Cocktail - Kenya.

Dawa is a prominent feature on the menu of many restaurants here. I’ve seen it a couple of times but never tried it. It is made of brown sugar, honey, lime juice, lime slices and vodka. If you are looking for a drink that will make you feel refreshed on a hot afternoon, this is it. 

2. Malawian Shandy.

I’ve had a glass of this one and I can confidently recommend it to anyone who wants something different, especially if you are going for a non-alcoholic drink and still want to look fancy. It’s made of lemonade, ginger and some drops of bitters that bring out the perfect orange mix at the top. Add your ice cubes and you have the perfect drink.

3. Ginger Cocktail - Senegal.

The ginger cocktail is a different way of experiencing ginger. Although this cocktail is common in West Africa, you can still enjoy it wherever you are on the continent. As the name suggests, it is made of ginger, lemon or pineapple and sugar to taste. Add some ice cubes to get that relaxed feel. If you’d like an alcoholic option, add some rum.

4. Summer Breeze Cocktail. 

If you are looking for a kick, then you’ll get it in the summer breeze cocktail which is made of vodka, lime lumps, angostura sharp, mint leaves, squashed ice and grain sugar. 

5. Orijin Cocktail.
This drink is credited to Nigeria and the Guinness brand in the country. In fact, it is a big deal in Nigeria and West Africa but as always, you can find it anywhere. Its mixture contains ginger, shots of orijin, pear slices, sugar, strawberries and white Zinfandel. If you want to know why this drink is loved, please grab it when you go to the restaurant next.

6. Mkulumadzi Iced Tea.

This is one of the best African cocktails you’ll ever have. If you are throwing an African party, please bless your guests with this drink. It is made of  Rooibos teabags, fresh lemon juice, fresh sugar and a slice of lemon, and mixed in 1.5 litres of hot water.

7. Pumulani Cocktail.

If you ever go to Malawi, you shouldn’t leave until you have the pumulani cocktail. What goes into it? Well, curacao, a shot of Malibu rum, beer, crushed ice, and ginger ale. It’s received high praise in reviews so go ahead and try it.