5 LOCAL DRINKS TO TRY IN DR. Congo
The DR.Congo is a peaceful nation with a rich heritage in food and drinks.
Travelling to this country is always a thing to look forward to, whenever a trip to any African country comes to mind.
In this article, we focus on the refreshing traditional Congolese drinks that will leave your taste buds yearning for more. Even many months after you leave the country.
Read on as this article reveals 5 local drinks to try in DR. Congo. Not to brag, but the drink occupying the number 1 position will become your favourite!
Thankfully, it may be a drink you can easily make at home while preparing to take that trip to DR. Congo later.
Shall we now dive into the details?
Lotoko is a fine definition of a haunted house in movies. Children are warned about it but they enter anyway. Why? Out of curiosity.
Technically, Lotoko is banned in DR. Congo but it seems that this fact is what makes the beer taste a whole lot better. It was even named “petrole” or “moonshine” for its dangerous nature. This alcoholic beverage was only banned because it contains over 50% of alcohol which has the Ministry of Health cowering in fear.
Lotoko is usually made of maize but sometimes, cassava and plantain. Making of the drink gives rise to a small cottage industry that provides financial aid to young women in the business.
The production of Lotoko in DR. Congo, however, is widespread. No matter where you may find yourself, Lotoko proves to be one of the local drinks to try in DR. Congo.
Be warned to drink responsibly. You may not be able to finish so many shots of it before you pass out.
4. Palm wine
Palm wine is popular in almost every African country, in South and Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, South America, and Micronesia. But be aware that it is one of the local drinks to try in DR. Congo. You may have four options of palm wine while in this country.
Usually, palm wine is made out of oil palm trees but in DR. Congo, it is also made out of Dates Palms, Coconut Palms, and Palmyra.
Small-scale palm wine production is encouraged because it promotes the preservation of palm trees and it gives a lucrative income for farmers. Economically, Palm Wine may be worth more than timber.
Palm Wine is in high quantity in every local bar you walk into in DR. Congo. It comes at the lowest of prices and also, in different flavours, so be sure to know the menu.
3. Banana Beer
In the villages of The DR.Congo, you’ll find traditionally made banana beer. Even better, it is served in a conducive environment coupled with the ongoing conversation on the happenings in the various societies.
Bantu language traditional music is usually played in a small hut for guests to serenely enjoying their banana beer. Patrons are allowed to dance, chat and laugh loudly. Banana beer, to some extent, is an escape from the world’s problems.
Banana beer has held this heritage for decades. It provides an environment for people to drown in their sorrows but most importantly, presents an opportunity for the locals to bond over small talk.
Tourists finding themselves in such an environment are intrigued because although they may not understand the language, they still vibe along with the locals.
Banana beer is just one of the local drinks to try in DR. Congo with incentives to it.
Tangawisi is a popular locally produced ginger drink in DR. Congo. Originally, society welcomed the drink for its potent medicinal effects.
To cause relief in dysentery and haemorrhoids, the people of Bankongo formulated Tangawisi made out of a high quantity of crushed ginger and mango sap.
This juice is taken daily with little sweeteners of choice but over the years, it has become a drink that soothes the soul. People take as much as they can through the day, oblivious of its great health benefits.
Tangawisi is one of the local drinks to try in DR. Congo because it is deemed their “Universal Panacea”.
An icing to the cake, Tangawisi is Dr Congo’s very powerful local aphrodisiac. As usual, drink responsibly.
In the bustling towns of the DR.Congo, whether on business or pleasure, please take a second to enjoy one of the local drinks in DR. Congo as discussed. White Elephant is number 1 for a solid reason.
The white elephant is an alcoholic beverage made out of coconut, coconut milk, and rum.
No need to get a visa to enjoy this. Just get one cup of coconut whether canned or fresh, another cup of coconut milk, 2 tablespoons of sugar, an ounce of rum, and some ice cubes for a chilling effect. For a sweeter white elephant, add some cocoa cream.
White Elephant is one of the drinks to try in DR. Congo by all means.
In The DR.Congo, you are assured of traditional drink menus that keep you giddy all night.
While enjoying these drinks, do well to be in touch with your surroundings or the company of friends. While the DR.Congo is a preferably safe nation, one still has to be careful when it comes to alcohol.
You can’t be sure if you can handle yourself for so long.
Be sure to try any of these drinks at home if you are unable to make the trip. But ultimately, you should make a trip to this wonderful country, someday.
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