Heating Up A Cold Nairobi Night

written by Shadrack Landi 31st May 2019

A cold Nairobi is somewhat poetic. The chilly breeze, the grey colour of the sky with low hanging
mist touching the tips of the tallest buildings. It makes you want to stay indoors. Snuggle up on the
couch, warm up and watch something less disappointing than Game of Thrones. Normally hot chocolate would do. Or coffee. But, sometimes spicing things up a little bit make it a whole lot more fun. But you shouldn’t have to spend eons getting your drink ready. At least not until the warm weather kicks in. So here are simple recipes to consider for a night in:

Classic Hot Toddy

Photography by the Wine mag

This one is a classic and the easiest to make. Most of the ingredients will probably be lying around
somewhere in a cabinet and if not, a quick trip to the supermarket will fix that.


  • Hot water
  • honey
  • lemons
  • Whiskey/rum/brandy


  1. Bring your water to a boil, add into a cup.
  2. Squeeze the lemon juice and add it to your hot water followed by a tablespoon of honey.
  3. Add your choice of whisky, rum, or brandy, stir and enjoy.

The beauty of the toddy is that you can adjust the ratios to your desired strength, sweetness or zing! Also the lemon and honey will definitely soothe any sore throats the cold might have brought in with it.

Irish Coffee

Photography by BBC Good Food

As the name suggests this will work best with an Irish whisky. It is also pretty easy to make.


  • hot coffee
  • Irish whiskey
  • whipped cream


  1. In a mug (preferably a tall one) add two shots of Irish Whisky.
  2. Top up ¾ way with hot coffee.
  3. Add sugar (to desired taste) stir and finally top off with a generous spray of whipped cream.

This recipe can be easily whipped up for a group of people or just for a solo night in. You can also play
around with the strengths of the ingredients. Find your north and you are good to go.

Hot Rum Tea

Maybe caffeine is not your cup of tea… The Hot Rum Tea is a drink that blends the versatile flavours in
rum and the uniqueness of a finely brewed tea to bring you a hot drink guaranteed to keep you warm
during this cold.


  • freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 tablespoon
  • white or spiced rum (unflavoured), 2 tablespoons
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • freshly brewed black tea


  1. In a teacup add the lemon juice followed by two tablespoons of rum.
  2. Add the tea and stir using the cinnamon stick.
  3. You can add sweetener as you desire.

If you are feeling fancy you can use a China cup and add lemon peels as garnish while at it.

One hot Hawaiian

If you’re expecting someone to knock on your door for this recipe we are pleased to disappoint. This is a
recipe for those guys that live pineapples as toppings on their pizza, may they live long because they
stand strong against the current.


  • coconut rum, 1 tablespoon
  • golden rum, 1 tablespoon
  • hot pineapple juice
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg


  1. Add the white rum, golden rum and hot pineapple juice into a mug and stir.
  2. Sprinkle some cinnamon and nutmeg at the top.

Take the first sip, it might surprise you how much you like it. Then you can keep playing around with the intensity of the rum.

So there you go. Your Nairobi nights don’t need to be cold and boring. But remember to always drink

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