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

I made this lovely creation after dinner last night and enjoyed every sip. I used my vanilla vodka and just followed the directions. No way you could go wrong here, it's refreshing and delicious.

Annacia November 29, 2015

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.

duonyte August 31, 2013

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!!

diner524 August 10, 2013