The Swahili language is full of colourful expressions and beautiful words. One such word is "dawa", which means "medicine". The main reason I find this word beautiful is because it's also the name of Tanzania's flagship cocktail.
Da Vinci was right. Dawa is the ultimate sophistication with 4 simple ingredients:
- Konyagi (a 35% alcohol Tanzanian distilled spirit)
- Crushed ice.
Okay, so 5 ingredients if you count the ice...
Preparation methods vary from place to place but my one is best so do it this way:
Step 1. In a glass, mix a shot or two (or heaps) of Konyagi with the juice of a couple of limes
Step 2. Add honey to taste and stir well. The flavours should be strong but balanced - better to have it a bit sweet because honey added later won't dissolve with the ice.
Step 3. Add a few slices of lime and throw in some scrunched up mint.
Step 4. Fill up the glass with crushed ice, pop in a straw, and say "Hakuna Matata" before you draw a long, satisfying sip of your new favourite medicine.
Dawa: good for what's wrong with you.