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Konyagi (Tanzania) vs. Uganda Waragi

Have you ever heard of the East African spirits, Konyagi and Uganda Waragi? Today, I’d like to tell you a bit about each one and pit them against each other in a taste test. Let’s see who comes out the winner.  Not too long ago, I met up for the first time with a reader of this blog who recently relocated to Dar es Salaam from Kampala. Although we had never met before, we found that we had a lot in common including that our parents had completed their graduate studies at the same university in the U.S. (at the … Continue reading Konyagi (Tanzania) vs. Uganda Waragi

Dawa Recipe (Kenya)

Have you ever heard of the East African cocktail ‘Dawa’? In this post, I tell you just how to make one. Read on to make the perfect Dawa from the comfort of your home. Ready, steady, go!  I’m feeling thirsty. No, not that kind of thirst—water can do nothing for me right now. I mean THIR-STY thirsty. Catch my drift? (It’s Friday, don’t think too hard! 😉 ) READ ALSO: Waragi vs. Konyagi: 2 Great East African Spirits Go Head-To-Head This evening, I’m going to take inspiration from all the honey and lemon I have been handling for my hair and … Continue reading Dawa Recipe (Kenya)

Gilbey’s vs. Gordon’s Gin

In my early twenties, my drink of choice was a gin and tonic. I loved gin and tonics because they were so refreshing. Poured over a lot of ice, a cool gin and tonic went down smooth with just the right amount of fizz and caused me little trouble the following morning, what with gin being a white spirit (as they say: the darker the spirit, the worse the hangover). Whenever I would order a gin and tonic in Nairobi, though, I would often get asked a question that I was rarely clear on how to answer. The question was “What gin … Continue reading Gilbey’s vs. Gordon’s Gin

Bacardi Black vs. Gold & Is Bacardi Gold Dark Rum?

If you came to this post looking to buy Bacardi dark rum, or Bacardi Black as it is formally known, you can do so here. Bacardi Black is a medium-bodied black rum aged in heavily charred oak barrels which is then filtered through a secret blend of charcoals. According to its makers, the flavors of Bacardi Black are of sweet, tropical fruit, buttery caramel and vanilla notes that then give way to a smoky liquorice and molasses finish. According to its website, Bacardi recommends that Bacardi Black be drunk as a shot or with intensely flavoured mixers such as coffee liqueur. … Continue reading Bacardi Black vs. Gold & Is Bacardi Gold Dark Rum?