It’s is gaining a reputation as a healthy drink all over the world, but was first drunk as a tea by South Africans. The tea comes from the cyclopia genistoides bush of the Cederberg Mountains, is caffeine-free and high in antioxidants. It’s traditionally drunk black with lemon or honey. We have previously made an article on some of the benefits of this tea which is not as well known as green tea or others but still promises to have many health benefits that are not yet well known compared to green tea which has been studied for many years.
The name loosely translates to “white lightning” and that could be because the high alcohol content will have you seeing white spots in front of your eyes. It’s a homemade brandy similar to moonshine and was originally made by South African housewives. The traditional fruits used in the recipe are peaches and prickly pears. South African author Herman Charles Bosman endowed his character, Oom Schalk Lourens, with a love of mampoer. Mampoer is not well known but it definitely can pack a punch and will be the joy of the night for many.
This recipe is a South African re-purposing of several familiar drinks. It normally consists of half lemonade, half soda water and a dash of Angostura bitters. South Africans drink it over lots of ice with a lemon slice on warm days. Sometimes the recipe call for beer, but because of its low alcohol content, it’s sold as a non-alcoholic beverage. This is definitely a key drink for those who want to abstain from hangovers and just want to party during the week !
Made for kids, Mahewu is the non-alcoholic version of an adult-strength brew made from fermented cornmeal or “mealie pap.” The kids’ version has the consistency of porridge and is often flavored like yogurt with fruit flavors. When South Africans make this in their homes, they let it sit overnight before drinking it. It’s usually sold in a carton like milk, and marketed to children.