Four Decades & Counting

written by Yummy Editorial 20th June 2018

Nobody can argue the fact that The Dawa is Kenya’s favourite cocktail. Every bartender across our nation knows about it and most restaurants or bars feature it on their menus. You might even find a Dawa or two at a barbecue overseas, usually transported across the oceans by a proud Kenyan or even a tourist who picked up the recipe as they travelled through.

However, there is only one home of The Dawa.


The Dawa Bar

In the late 1970’s the concept of the Dawa was born. A take on the Brazilian Caipirinha, the cocktail was featured on previous Carnivore menus as the Caiprioska, the South American country’s vodka- based equivalent. While introducing the cocktail onto the market, a group of regular Carnivore patrons were invited to sample this delicious but tongue twisting drink. One fan struggled to remember it’s complicated name, opting for: “Please bring me my Dawa.” And so The Dawa was born.

As the Dawa approaches 40 years, this tasty beverage shows no signs of slowing down. After all, they do say ‘life begins at 40!’ In honour of four Decades of Dawa, Carnivore is launching a music festival to celebrate this great cocktail.

The “Dawa Music Festival’ will take place in Carnivore on 29th June and will be an Afro House & EDM style combination featuring international DJs from Israel & Hong Kong and top local artists. The opening DJ will be DJ Maayan Bergman a hip
hop and afrobeat master and also a leading scratch artist in Israel. The main act will feature the bombshell international DJ Gloria Ansell fresh from touring one of the top Female DJs in the world perform in Kenya from her recent European tour.

Beside the main stage there will be a second stage playing Rap and Hip Hop featuring Kenyan DJs LERB and COCO EM. What’s more, every guest in the festival will get 2 complimentary glasses of the Dawa cocktail.

In the four decades that this wonderful Kenyan drink has been around, the Tamarind group estimates to have sold over 3 million of them. Many of these have been personally concocted by our own superstar Dr. Dawa, the smiling face of Dawa here at Carnivore!

There is only one way to make a good Dawa, The Carnivore way:


– Lowball glass
– Quartered lime wedges
– ……
– Did you really think we were going to give you the recipe?


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