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Dawa
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The cocktail known as Dawa is a sweet and tangy drink that originates from Kenya. Its name translates to "medicine" in Swahili, and it has become a popular East African ... more The cocktail known as Dawa is a sweet and tangy drink that originates from Kenya. Its name translates to "medicine" in Swahili, and it has become a popular East African staple. The Dawa cocktail combines the warmth of honey and the sharpness of fresh lime, balanced with the potency of vodka and a hint of sugar for an additional layer of sweetness. Traditionally served in a lowball glass, it offers a simple yet refreshing flavor profile that can be enjoyed as a soothing remedy at the end of the day or as a pleasant social sipper. The cocktail's straightforward ingredient list makes it accessible and easy to appreciate, showcasing the harmonious blend of its few but impactful components.
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29.63% | 2.4 units *

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Dawa

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Cut the lime into quarters, then chop these into thick chunks
Put the lime, sugar and honey into a glass and muddle to get as much lime juice as you like
Add ice then vodka
Stir and serve
~ You can add two teaspoons of sugar if you like it sweet! ~

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Muddle  ·  Stir  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Dawa cocktail?

The Dawa cocktail is a popular drink in Kenya, East Africa. Its name means 'medicine' or 'magic potion' in Swahili, reflecting its status as a cure for whatever ails you. It was created in the 1980s at the Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi, Kenya, and has since become a staple in East African bars.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the Dawa cocktail stirred and not shaken?

The Dawa cocktail is stirred instead of shaken to gently mix the ingredients without diluting the drink too much. Stirring helps to incorporate the honey and sugar into the vodka and lime mixture smoothly, maintaining the strong, sweet, and sour flavors characteristic of this cocktail.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can honey be substituted in a Dawa cocktail, and what are the alternatives?

While honey is a key ingredient in the Dawa, it can be substituted if necessary. Agave syrup or maple syrup can be used as alternatives, though they will subtly change the flavor profile. These substitutes are chosen for their similar viscosity and natural sweetness, but they may introduce different nuances to the cocktail.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What occasions are fitting for serving the Dawa cocktail?

The Dawa cocktail, with its refreshing and strong flavor profile, is perfect for various occasions. It's particularly suited for warm weather gatherings, outdoor barbecues, and cocktail parties. Its unique taste and origin story also make it an excellent conversation starter at cultural events or themed nights.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of a Dawa compare to other classic cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 29.63%, the Dawa cocktail has a higher alcohol percentage than many classic cocktails such as a Margarita (around 26%) or a Mojito (approximately 10-15%), but it is lower than a Martini (around 32%). This makes the Dawa a relatively strong cocktail, suitable for sipping slowly.

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