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.
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