Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

This comes from the book Around the World in 80 Bars, and the recipe comes from "The Carnivore" in Nairobi, Kenya. The Carnivore is a nyama choma (barbecued meat) restaurant, and is licensed to serve gazelle, giraffe, and zebra. In Swahali, Dawa means "somewhere between a medicine and a magic potion'. Traditionally, this drink is served with a small wooden masher so that you can release more lime juice and adjust the flavor of your Dawa to suit your liking. This is a pretty strong tasting drink, so I generally release more lime juice!!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lime, quartered and thickly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • ice, preferably small chips or crushed ice


  1. Place the lime slices, honey and sugar in a heavy-based rocks glass and crush lightly together with a spoon.
  2. Add some ice, and pour the vodka over it.
  3. Adjust the flavor by crushing the lime slices further, if desired.
Most Helpful

5 5

Simple to make, delicious to imbibe. I had one, wanted another one, but needed to make dinner, so I made the second one lighter by topping it off with some lime-flavored seltzer - also very good and refreshing.

5 5

What a wonderful drink on such a hot August day here in Florida!! I just made one of these and followed it as written. Very easy with ingredients I always have on hand. I followed the advice of mary winecoff and didn't add the honey until the end, lol, worked perfectly!! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Made for WTTM tag game!!

5 5

i so needed this and it is yum