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African inspired Cocktails

by Bianca Reichelt (22.04.2021)

Spring is here and we all need a little sunshine. Kick back with a cocktail and enjoy! We have gathered our 5 favourite cocktails for you. Combine our Tambour Sodabi with mangos, bananas and other exotic fruits!

Did you know that the original definition of a cocktail requires that the liquor is mixed with not only water and sugar but also bitters? Over the years of course, any mixed alcoholic drink can be called a cocktail and even more so, alcohol is no longer necessary for a drink to be termed as such.

Indeed traditional African alcoholic drinks come in various shades, thickness and use different ingredients such as fruits, grains and other natural substances. Among other things, Palm wine is used widely in West Africa, Maize and Sorghum in Southern Africa and Bananas are fermented in the Great Lakes region and East Africa.

Sometimes traditional grains such as Teff in Ethiopia are used. Alcohol and indeed the avoidance of alcohol is an important part of African societies. It determines hierarchies, wealth, traditional practices, and morality.

Sodabi is a distilled Palm wine that is popular in Benin. Our cocktails below have been created with Tambour our 45% Alc7 Vol Palm Spirit (Sodabi) made in Benin. Tambour is double-distilled and matured in small batches with American oak, hibiscus leaves, dates, spices and local tropical fruits. Grab it from our Webshop.

This spring, take a virtual African journey and re-create these cocktails for a refreshing drink or one with a kick.

(Photo by ôc. on Unsplash)

African Sunrise

1.5 oz – Tambour Original Sodabi

1.5 oz – Pineapple Juice

1/2 cup – Ice Cubes

1 oz – Club Soda

1 dash – Grenadine

Combine Tambour Original and pineapple juice in a shaker with ice. Shake until contents are cold, then pour into glass. Add club soda, then gently pour in grenadine to prevent mixing.

Garnish with a Maraschino cherry and a slice of pineapple and enjoy!

Tambour Lemonade

1.5 oz – Tambour Original Sodabi

2 oz – Fresh-Squeezed Lemon Juice

2 oz – Filtered Water

2 tsp – Cane Sugar

1 cup – Ice Cubes

Stir ingredients together.

Garnish with a lemon wedge and enjoy!

Le Baiser du Python

1.5 oz – Tambour Original Sodabi

1 oz – Lime Juice

1 cup – Frozen Raspberries

Add ingredients into blender and purée until desired consistency. (Fresh raspberries and ice can be substituted for frozen raspberries.)

Add a sprig of mint to garnish and enjoy!

Andy's Blonde Angel (Eggnog)

4 egg yolks

125 g powdered sugar

200 ml condensed milk

1/2 packet vanilla sugar

4.5 oz. Tambour Original Sodabi

Mix the egg yolks, vanilla sugar until foamy. Add the powdered sugar, the condensed milk and the Tambour in the mixture. Heat slowly in a water bath, stirring constantly. Until it is nice and thick. Do not allow to boil.

Bottle while still warm and if necessary dilute with milk or Tambour Original Sodabi.

Produces 0.75 l.

African Queen

1.5 oz – Tambour Original Sodabi

3 slices – Diced Cucumber

1 large sprig of mint

2 Tbsp – Simple Syrup

1 cup – Ice Cubes

1 oz – Lime Juice

1.5 oz – Club Soda

Muddle cucumber, mint, and simple syrup into bottom of glass. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir.

Garnish with a cucumber slice and enjoy!

If you try out these recipes and share on Social Media, please tag us with #manuyoo

so that we can share your adventures with the rest of the Manuyoo community!

The authors

Published on: 22.04.2021