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5 African Cocktails That You can Make To Jazz Up Your Holidays

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African cocktails [ Image credit: Kenyan Dawa ]

This has been no ordinary year, so why settle for the usual? Embrace some new flavors that will excite your palate and expose you to some of the many varieties of mixed drinks that come from Africa? Well if you hadn’t thought about it, let us help you out a little with 5 cocktails you can try at home.

Irresistible African Cocktails

#1 – Nigerian Chapman Drink

RatingDifficultyBeginner

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Yields1 Serving
Prep Time10 minsCook Time10 minsTotal Time20 mins

 ½ Orange
 ½ Lemon
 1 Cucumber
 1 Sprite
 1 Fanta
 Ribena™ Blackcurrant
 Ice Cubes

Ingredients

 ½ Orange
 ½ Lemon
 1 Cucumber
 1 Sprite
 1 Fanta
 Ribena™ Blackcurrant
 Ice Cubes

Directions

Nigerian Chapman Drink

#2 – Kenyan Dawa

CategoryCuisine, DifficultyBeginner

Kenyan Dawa

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time5 minsCook Time5 minsTotal Time10 mins

 1 Lime
 1 tbsp Thick Honey
 1 tsp Caster Sugar
 40 ml Vodka
 3 Ice Cubes

Ingredients

 1 Lime
 1 tbsp Thick Honey
 1 tsp Caster Sugar
 40 ml Vodka
 3 Ice Cubes

Directions

Kenyan Dawa Cocktail Recipe by Liz

#3 – Emudro mixed drnks

CategoryCuisine, DifficultyBeginner

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time15 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time30 mins

 3 large fresh ginger roots (not ground ginger),
 2 limes or 1 lemon
 pineapple, or grapefruit juice
 1 cup sugar
 a few whole cloves or a cinnamon stick (optional)
 water

1

Carefully remove and discard the ginger root's outer layer.

2

Pound the ginger root to a pulp and place in a large ovenproof glass mixing bowl or stainless steel container.

3

In a teakettle, heat six cups of water to boil. Pour water over the ginger, cover with a lid or a clean cloth. Wait one hour.

4

Place a clean cheesecloth or a paper towel in a strainer and pour the mixture through it into a large jar or pitcher (or two jars or pitchers as necessary). Squeeze the cloth to extract all the liquid from the ginger root.

5

Mix in the citrus juice, sugar, and spices (cinnamon stick). Fill the jar with lukewarm water to make a gallon.

6

Return the mixture to a warm spot and wait another hour. Strain the ginger beer once more and refrigerate until chilled. Serve over ice. Serve with dishes from Western Africa.

Ingredients

 3 large fresh ginger roots (not ground ginger),
 2 limes or 1 lemon
 pineapple, or grapefruit juice
 1 cup sugar
 a few whole cloves or a cinnamon stick (optional)
 water

Directions

1

Carefully remove and discard the ginger root's outer layer.

2

Pound the ginger root to a pulp and place in a large ovenproof glass mixing bowl or stainless steel container.

3

In a teakettle, heat six cups of water to boil. Pour water over the ginger, cover with a lid or a clean cloth. Wait one hour.

4

Place a clean cheesecloth or a paper towel in a strainer and pour the mixture through it into a large jar or pitcher (or two jars or pitchers as necessary). Squeeze the cloth to extract all the liquid from the ginger root.

5

Mix in the citrus juice, sugar, and spices (cinnamon stick). Fill the jar with lukewarm water to make a gallon.

6

Return the mixture to a warm spot and wait another hour. Strain the ginger beer once more and refrigerate until chilled. Serve over ice. Serve with dishes from Western Africa.

Ghanaian Ginger Drink (Emudro)

#4 – Zobo Drink Also Known As Hibiscus Tea

CategoryCooking Method

Zobo drink

Yields2 Servings
Prep Time20 minsCook Time10 minsTotal Time30 mins

 2 cups dried hibiscus petals (zobo leaves)
 10 cups water
 1 cup granulated sugar
 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
 Pineapple rind from 1 ripe pineapple

Ingredients

 2 cups dried hibiscus petals (zobo leaves)
 10 cups water
 1 cup granulated sugar
 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
 Pineapple rind from 1 ripe pineapple

Directions

African Zobo Drink Also Known As Hibiscus Tea

#5 – South African Fynbos Cocktail

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Fynbos cocktail

Yields1 Serving

 50 ml South African Brandy
 50 ml Rooibos tea
 25 ml sugar syrupMix 1 part boiling water and 2 parts sugar, stir to dissolve and let it cool.
 12.50 ml ginger liqueur
 A dash of bitters (optional)

1

Chill a martini glass, shake brandy, Rooibos tea, honey, sugar syrup and ginger liqueur.

2

Strain into martini glass, finish off with a lemon twist on top. Eugene recommends Butlers Ginger Liqueur

Ingredients

 50 ml South African Brandy
 50 ml Rooibos tea
 25 ml sugar syrupMix 1 part boiling water and 2 parts sugar, stir to dissolve and let it cool.
 12.50 ml ginger liqueur
 A dash of bitters (optional)

Directions

1

Chill a martini glass, shake brandy, Rooibos tea, honey, sugar syrup and ginger liqueur.

2

Strain into martini glass, finish off with a lemon twist on top. Eugene recommends Butlers Ginger Liqueur

South African Fynbos Cocktail
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