Dawa

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Serve in a

Double old-fashioned

Photographed in a

New Era Double Old Fashioned

Garnish:

Honey-coated dipper stick stirrer (honey stick)

How to make:

1. Cut a ripe lime in half (from pole to pole) and remove the core from each half by cutting a V-shape grove. (You'll need one-half of the lime per cocktail). Chop a cored half into 3 wedges, then slice each wedge in half to produce 6 chunks of lime and drop these into the serving glass.
2. MUDDLE lime chunks in the base of the glass.
3. Add vodka and honey-loaded honey dipper stick (or bar spoon of honey) and use the dipper stick (or spoon) to STIR until the honey is dissolved.
4. Add sugar syrup and fill the glass with crushed ice leaving the dipper stick as a garnish for the drinker to continue stirring.

12 fresh Lime (fresh) (chopped wedges)
2 fl oz Ketel One Vodka
1 barspoon Honey
1/3 fl oz Demerara/Muscovado/brown sugar syrup (2 sugar:1 water)
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Review:

Similar to the Caipirovska in its use of vodka and lime, but the Dawa is sweetened with honey.

History:

Inspired by the Brazilian Caipirinha and originally made and named during the 1980s at the Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi, this cocktail is particularly popular in upscale hotel bars in Kenya where it's enjoyed by the safari set. The name translates from Kiswahili as 'medicine'.

It should be noted that in Kenya, a Dowa is also the name for a non-alcoholic drink made with honey, ginger and lime juice, made with hot water.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.5 standard drinks
  • 29.06% alc./vol. (58.12° proof)
  • 20.3 grams of pure alcohol
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