The Dawa Cocktail

Last summer we visited family in Mombasa, Kenya; on one of the evenings we went on a sunset dinner cruise on a traditional Arab boat known as a dhow. To take a look at some pictures of this amazingly romantic sunset dinner cruise check out my earlier post:  Sunset Dinner Cruise on the Tamarind Dhow in Mombasa, Kenya

On this dinner cruise the Tamarind Hotel and Restaurant that hosts the cruise serves a refreshing cocktail called the Dawa. It is the perfect drink on a balmy summer evening in tropical Mombasa.

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The dawa cocktail consists of lime, honey, brown sugar, sparkling mineral water, and vodka. All the ingredients are muddled together with ice to make a deliciously refreshing drink.

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The dawa comes in two versions, a choice of alcoholic or non-alcoholic dawa. The version with vodka is the favored one by dinner guests, but the non-alcoholic version tastes just as delicious.

The Dawa Cocktail
Makes one cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 lime cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup club soda or sparkling mineral water
  • 1 shot of vodka
  • Ice cubes
  • Small bowl for mixing.
  • Double-old fashioned glass

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Directions:

Pour honey in a bowl.  Add brown sugar and squeeze juice of 1/2 piece of  lime in the bowl.  Muddle all ingredients together until well-blended and brown liquid is formed. I used a whisk to blend.

Add ice in a glass. Pour brown sugar syrup over ice.  Now pour club soda and stir. Virgin dawa is ready.

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To make the alcoholic version just add Vodka over the dawa mocktail. Garnish with lime wedges and a dusting of brown sugar.

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I made the dawa cocktail at home here in California when our cousins came over for a summertime dinner and it was a big hit 😋👌. Seconds and thirds were requested 😋🍹🍹😋.

Try the dawa cocktail on a warm summer evening and see for yourself how refreshing this Kenyan drink can be.

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