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Jarida la Kusafiri #26 - National Daiquiri Day

It's the middle of the Dog Days of Summer. The weather is hot and sultry. It's time for a cold and refreshing drink. Enjoying a daiquiri on National Daiquiri Day is the perfect solution, to ease the effects of the heat and humidity.

The original Daiquiri consists of rum, lime juice and sugar, with plenty of ice added to the glass. The Daiquiri was first created in 1898 by Jennings Stockton Cox, an American mining engineer. The Daiquiri was named after the local mining village of Daiquiri, Cuba, at the Venus bar. Needless to say, the local miners loved the sweet summer cooler, and it's popularity quickly spread. As its popularity grew, so did the number of varieties. The original lime based recipe remains the most popular, along with strawberry. The number of different Daiquiri flavors is only limited by the number of berries and other fruit.

In the 1940's Ernest Hemming way conceived the frozen Daiquiri at El Floridita in Havana, Cuba, when he had bartender Constantino Ribalaigua run the drink filled with ice through a blender.

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!!

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