Mixology Monday With The Leveretts - Apricot Dawa

June 08, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Hey there!

We hope you are well! Today for Mixology Monday, we are sharing our version of a Dawa. Dawa means medicine or magic potion in Swahili and is a classic cocktail in Kenya. Our take includes a drizzle of honey over the crushed ice, apricot jam and it gets sweeter with thyme (get it?!). Many Kenyan communities believe this drink is the ultimate cure for all ailments... maybe this is the thing we need!  We hope you enjoy. As always, if you make any of our drinks, take a picture and share them with us online! Instagram ---> @ staynfocusimages

This recipe makes 2 drinks. Let's get started!


Here's what you need:

For Garnish
2 Apricot Slices

2 Bunches of Thyme
2 Skewers/Cocktail Picks 


For Drink
4 oz. Vodka
4 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
2 tsp. Granulated Sugar
2-4 tsp. Honey
4 Sprigs of Thyme
2 tbsp. Apricot Preserves
2 Rocks Tumbler Glasses

You'll also need a Shaker Cup, Muddler, Strainer and Hawthorne Strainer. 


Let's Make the Garnish!

  1. Slice an apricot into medium sized wedges.
  2. Use your cocktail pick to skewer the apricot from top to bottom.
  3. Set aside along with 2 bunches on thyme.

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Let's Make the Drink!

  1. In a shaker cup, add:
    • Sugar
    • Lime Juice
    • Thyme
    • Apricot Jam
  2. Muddle for 20-30 seconds.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to shaker cup:
    • Vodka
    • Ice
  4. Shake Vigorously for 30 seconds.
  5. Add ice to your rocks tumblers.
  6. Drizzle 1-2 tbsp of honey per glass, over the ice.
  7. Double strain shaker cup evenly between both glasses
  8. add your garnish of apricot wedge and sprigs of thyme.  
  9. Sip slow and enjoy!

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"Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children." 
-Kenyan Proverb


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