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Jarida la Kusafiri #16 - Valentines Day Challenge

In this edition here at Muratina we present the Valentines Day 'cocktaail' Challenge where (if you want to take part) make our following cocktails; and let us know your favourite.....

Cia Hwainĩ

The first is Cia Hwainĩ (pronounced; Sha Hawai-ni) is the Kikuyu phrase for "For the Night", which is the mood setting for this cocktail. The ingredients are;

  • 100ml Muratelia

  • 15ml lemon juice

  • 15ml simple sugar syrup

  • 15ml gin

  • Dash of Angostura bitters

Place the lemon juice, syrup, gin and bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a wine glass, top up with Muratelia

This is a sophisticated approach to serving - a late evening and slightly formal setting. We suggest a fairly juniper-heavy gin.

Mumbi Slap

The next is Mumbi slap. The name actually comes from when I was in Othaya and I was slapped by my younger cousin, and oh my days it hurt..... But the name actually suits this cocktail by slapping these ingredients together

  • 20ml Muratelia

  • 40ml grapefruit juice

  • 25ml blanco tequila

  • 20ml sugar syrup

Add the grapefruit juice, tequila and syrup to a tall glass with ice. Stir and top up with Muratelia

This aims to be a cooler cocktail with a bit of a kick (or slap!). You could serve it on a warm day or preferably indoors. One way to make it a bit more eye-catching for your partner or friends is to paint the glass rim with honey and add dab with spicy sugar rim - or mint sugar. Do this before pouring the Mumbi slap in!


Kienyeji is the Swahili word for traditional, and with this cocktail, it definitely fits the style of this cocktail;

  • Muratelia

  • Strawberries

  • Oranges

  • Pineapple

Cut the fruit into chunks, and place in a large glass with ice-cubes. Top up with Muratelia.

While this is the most simple drink, it's actually the favourite. We think it works for a lot of reasons: mainly because it just adds a bit of fruity freshness without complicating the original drink itself. We see this being a very refreshing drink to have with Nyama Choma!!

Take up the challenge and surprise your significant other or friends with your new bartender skills. Order online today!

Happy Valentines Day!!!

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