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West African Ginger Drink | MyWeku Tastes

West African Ginger Drink

Ginger drink West Africa

West African Ginger Drink

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October 24, 2015

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The ubiquitous home-made West African ginger drink can be found in most West African cities and towns in creative recycled vegetable-oil bottles. The strength of these West African ginger drinks is not to be sniffed at. They pack a punch and can be served chilled or with ice.

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Ginger drink West Africa


6-8 Ginger roots

2-3 Zesty lemon juices

Sugar to taste

8 cups Sparkling water (or just plain water)

2-3 Cloves (optional)

dash Cinnamon (optional)

dash Grains of Paradise (optional)


1Shave off the brown skin of the ginger roots.

2Blend or pound the shaved white ginger root to a pulp and put in a container.

3Boil about 8 cups of water (vary according to how strong you want the ginger drink)

4Add the boiled water to the blended pulp of ginger and leave to stand, covered.

5Leave to stand for an hour in room temperature.

6Pour the mixture into a jug through a strainer or a piece of cloth. Squeeze the cloth to make sure all the liquid is properly strained.

7Add the lemons or indeed any other citrus juice such as pineapple into the mixture for that zesty taste.

8Add the sugar and spices (cloves, cinnamon and grains of paradise).

9Fill the jar with warm water to a desired quantity. Leave to stand in a warm place for one more hour

10Strain the ginger drink mixture again and refrigerate until chilled and you are ready to have a heady splash of something strong that could shoo certain ailments away!

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8 Reviews


September 4, 2018

Thank you delicious! I do have one question I remember this drink to be bright orange when I first tried it in Salone. The orange colour i suppose was “Fanta”?

MyWeku Tastes

April 11, 2018

The pleasure is all ours. Glad you loved it! 🙂


April 11, 2018

Awesome! This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. My sister-n-law is from Rwanda & makes this for the family when anyone gets sick but wouldn’t say what was in it. I’ve been looking for the recipe to make that mimics the drink. This is it, thank you!


April 10, 2018

Thank you soooo much for your quick response. I’ll be back with my review.

MyWeku Tastes

April 10, 2018


Thank you for your question 🙂

For this recipe you can use three or four large fresh ginger roots depending on how strong you want your drink. Some leave the outer layer of the ginger but we prefer to remove them for this recipe, purely for aesthetic reasons. You can juice the lemon including the rind.



April 9, 2018

How large or small is the ginger root used for this recipe? Also when slicing the lemon to add to the drink, are you removing or leaving the rind on? Please clarify, thank you.

MyWeku Tastes

January 7, 2018

Hi Merle, we are glad you love it


January 7, 2018

Absolutely delicious and spot on. I only used the ginger, lime and brown sugar. It tastes just like the ginger drink that my West African co-worker made.

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