As the chilly winds dance through the air, there's a remedy brewing that's as delightful as it is traditional: Dawa.
In the heart of East Africa, particularly in Kenya this magical elixir, with its Swahili name translating to "medicine," isn't just a drink—it's a warm hug for your insides and a believed cure for many ailments such as common cold and sore throats.
Now that the rainy season is upon us you will need this warm brew now more than ever. So head over to your kitchen and let's embark on a journey to brew the perfect cup that'll have you saying, "cheers to health and warmth!"
Honey: Begin with a spoonful of honey, the nectar of nature that brings sweetness and a touch of liquid gold to your cup.
Lime or Lemon: Squeeze in the zesty notes of lime or lemon, injecting a burst of citrusy goodness that'll make your taste buds do the cha-cha.
Ginger: Grate or thinly slice fresh ginger, the warrior of warmth, adding a spicy kick.
Garlic :Peel and crush a clove of garlic, the robust defender against winter blues, infusing your cup with its bold essence.
Cayenne Pepper Add a pinch of cayenne pepper, the fire starter that'll turn your Dawa into a spicy elixir.
Crushed Ice: Like snowflakes in a cup, crushed ice adds the crisp and cool factor, making each sip a refreshing experience.
Vodka (optional) -Now, for the spirit which is mostly used when transforming Dawa into a cocktail. Pour in a measured amount of vodka; it's the secret ingredient that turns this warm elixir into a celebration.
The Brewing 'Ritual':
Muddle and Mix – The Swirl of Alchemy: Muddle the lime or lemon, honey, ginger, garlic, and cayenne at the bottom of your Dawa glass. Let the spicy tango of flavors commence! Add warm water and stir.
Add Ice – Winter's Embrace: Crushed ice comes next, turning your cup into a winter wonderland. Feel the chill—it's part of the Dawa charm.
Pour in Vodka – The Elixir Elevator (optional): Let the vodka flow, turning your Dawa into a potion that warms from the inside out.
Stir and Sip: Grab the wooden muddler and give it a gentle stir. Now, raise your Dawa-filled glass and toast to health, warmth, and the sheer joy of brewing your own sunshine.
Benefits of Dawa:
While the process of brewing Dawa is undeniably fun, the benefits go beyond the delightful taste. Here are a few reasons to embrace this traditional tonic:
Immune Boost: Ginger, garlic, and honey pack an immune-boosting punch, helping you stand strong against winter's onslaught
Warmth from Within: As you sip on your Dawa, you'll feel a gentle warmth spreading from your belly outward, making it the perfect companion for chilly evenings.
Social Elixir: Dawa is often shared among friends, turning the process of making and enjoying it into a social event that warms both hearts and bodies.
- Circulation Aid: Cayenne pepper can promote circulation, keeping you toasty from head to toe
So, there you have it—the not-so-secret recipe for brewing the perfect cup of Dawa.
Let the warmth of tradition and the spirits in your cup lift your spirits as you embrace the cold weather with a smile. Do you prepare your Dawa differently? Let us know.