5 Drinks From South Africa To Taste

These South African beverage favorites aren’t all alcoholic but it doesn’t matter — they’ll intoxicate you with their flavors, aromas and colors. Some of them even have nutritional value for your body to go along with the great taste!

Amarula Cream

Amarula Cream:
It’s usually taken with dessert. It’s a sweet liqueur made from the fruit of the marula tree—sometimes called the elephant tree because elephants love to eat from it. The liqueur is heavy on the sugar and cream. The marula tree can only be found in sub-Saharan Africa. Its fruit is rich in vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and protein. Amarula Cream looks a bit like chocolate milk when poured out, and has a 17-percent alcohol content. If you like Kahlua, you’ll enjoy this.
Rooibos tea:
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 It’s a homemade brandy similar to moonshine and was originally made by South African housewives.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.

Rock Shandy

Rock Shandy:

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 !

mageuMageu or Mahewu
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.

About Naufal Khan

Naufal Khan was the Publisher at ADISHAKTI MEDIA and the editor-in-chief of the South African Indian news service Indian Spice. Khan was former Sunday Times journalist and also an occult fiction and non-fiction writer with several published titles.